In the wake of fans' overwhelmingly negative response to finding all of Street Fighter x Tekken 12 DLC characters were included on the game-disc, Capcom has released a statement on the Capcom-Unity blog, saying that the company hears fans' concerns, and plans to "re-evaluate" the notion of putting downloadable content on game discs in the future.
The statement acts as a pre-emptive strike against a potential second wave of the scandal: According to the statement, Capcom's upcoming RPG Dragon's Dogma will include some locked DLC on the disc. According to Capcom, the decision to include the DLC on the Dogma game disc was made before the recent controversy began, and the company didn't have time to make the fix before shipping the game.
Here's Capcom's Full Statement, written by Capcom USA's Christian Svensson:
We’ve been getting several questions, here and elsewhere about the future of on-disc DLC.
We would like to assure you that we have been listening to your comments and as such have begun the process of re-evaluating how such additional game content is delivered in the future. As this process has only just commenced in the past month or so, there will be some titles, where development began some time ago and that are scheduled for release in the coming months, for which we are unable to make changes to the way some of their post release content is delivered.
One such title is Dragon’s Dogma, where the decision to include some additional (but not all planned additional) game content for the game on disc was made at the beginning of the game’s development cycle as at the time this was determined to be the most efficient way of ensuring certain content was made available. Owners of Dragon’s Dogma will be able to further their gameplay experience with the release of additional quests, weapons and other items in the months following the game going on sale.
Dragon’s Dogma’s post-launch content will extend the lifespan of a title that already offers around 30-40 hours of gameplay by following the main story thread, but if a player was to complete all the side quests Dragon’s Dogma ships with, that increases to around 100 hours. Players will also be able to add to the stock of 100s of weapons and 1,000s of customization options to create not only their ideally equipped, but also their most elaborately designed character.
Just wanted people to know in advance the whys, wherefores and where we’re going in the future. You are being heard. Thanks.
When the information was first brought to light shortly after Street Fighter x Tekken was released in March, Capcom seemed somewhat dismissive of the complaints, saying that adding DLC was essential to optimizing the experience for players. Of course, that did little to dissuade critical consumers, who felt the if the content could be added to disc in time for the game's release, fans shouldn't need to pay extra for it.
Well? Does knowing that there's DLC on the Dragon's Dogma disc change whether or not you'll pick up the game next week? Tell us how you feel in the comments!