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Capcom Defends RE5 DLC Pricing

| 13 Mar 2009 17:56
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Plenty of gamers are miffed that they have to pay for Resident Evil 5's competitive Versus Mode DLC, but Capcom thinks the price tag is wholly justified, considering the circumstances.

Yesterday's announcement of the just-released Resident Evil 5's Versus Mode DLC, which will add a competitive multiplayer mode to the game for the cost of $4.99 on PSN and 400 MS Points on Xbox Live, was met with some scorn from gamers. It wasn't a huge uproar, but people were understandably upset that Capcom would be asking them to pay for a mode that they argued should already be in the game.

The company has responded to these criticisms, defending the mode as worthy of charging for considering the context of the series and the game itself. "Although Versus mode makes use of the assets that exist in the game, the functionality is not currently in the game and is above and beyond the initial scope of Resident Evil 5," a Capcom representative told MSXboxWorld.

They also pointed to the fact that releasing the DLC isn't exactly cost-free for themselves. "We have never included a versus mode in Resident Evil before, and as well as the costs of development of the feature, there's also additional bandwidth costs associated with it," Capcom explained.

Some valid points, but nothing that'll assuage the critics. Well, if you don't want it, don't buy it. Vote with your wallets, folks.

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