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Capcom Defends Locked Content in Street Fighter X Tekken

| 2 Apr 2012 21:10
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Capcom says the locked on-disc content in Street Fighter X Tekken is exactly the same as conventional DLC.

There was no small amount of stinko raised when it came to light that planned DLC for Street Fighter X Tekken is already on the retail disc, locked away until some future date and for some future price. The feeling among a significant number of gamers is that if the material is ready for release alongside the game, it should be released as part of the game and not held back to be unlocked later as faux-DLC.

But Capcom is having none of that. In a response to complaints made to the Better Business Bureau that was also sent to aggrieved gamers, Capcom said Street Fighter X Tekken is a well-loaded game that "provides great value for all players from day one." More to the point, it asserted that DLC is DLC and the only question is one of delivery method.

"While Capcom is sorry that some of its fans are not happy about the chosen method of delivery for the DLC, we believe that this method will provide more flexible and efficient gameplay throughout the game's lifecycle," the publisher wrote. "There is effectively no distinction between the DLC being 'locked' behind the disc and available for unlocking at a later date, or being available through a full download at a later date, other than delivery mechanism. We hope that this addresses [censored]'s concerns."

Does it? I'm inclined to think that if you're satisfied with the game you got for the price you paid, it should be irrelevant whether "extra" content is hidden on the disc or released online two months later. But I'm also pretty sure that gamers angry enough to file formal complaints to the BBB probably won't be super-happy to be so casually dismissed. Capcom may well have at least an arguable point, but it will almost certainly be drowned out by furor over the unfortunately cavalier way it's trying to make it.

Source: Cinema Blend

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