With the recent announcement that every playable character involved with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 would be non-DLC and free for everyone to enjoy, some gamers might have been rolling their eyes. But Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada would like to assure anyone who is interested in buying this game that they are very serious about offering their characters free of charge.

Why? Simply put, the characters are too “essential to the game.”

Harada has taken note of the disaster that has occurred with Street Fighter x Tekken on-disc DLC and has made it a priority to head in the opposite direction – to please fans who are opposed to downloadable content. He has no hard feelings toward Capcom and their decision, but feels that it is not in the spirit of the Tekken franchise to withhold characters for extra money.

Harada had this to say about where Capcom was going with on-disc DLC:

“It’s Capcom’s business decision, obviously, but I expect the reason they did that was, if one player bought a character that another player didn’t have, they would not be able to play against each other online. Each player needs to have the character data on their disc – if one doesn’t, they would need to download it before each match – and as that includes the character model, the data would be large, increasing the download time. I also wonder if it’s because the game has characters which are Vita-specific, and they wanted to make it so that owners would be able to use them on PS3 as well.”

Capcom has come forth to address the complaints regarding SFXT stating, “It came down to a development process issue more than anything.”

In other Tekken Tag Tournament 2 news, a “Fight Lab” tutorial will be available so that players can adapt to the more fast-paced combos and action involved with the updated sequel. As a result, Namco Bandai‘s is adding an assistant for anyone who might have difficulty playing the game.

Fight Lab will have players running through progressive stages training “combots” in minigames. This will help teach combos and what to do in specific scenarios. Eventually players will be able to customize their “combot” and take it into single-player mode and online multiplayer.

Check out some of the screenshots TTT2 and Fight Lab below:

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be available on the Xbox 360 and PS3 this September 2012.

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Source: Edge-Online & Joystiq