Controversial Street Fighter X Tekken DLC Unlocking July 31, 2012Category: Gaming
Posted: July 8, 2012 09:34AM
Even if you're not a fan of Street Fighter X Tekken (SFxT), if you follow gaming news, you have probably heard about the controversial DLC owners of the game quickly discovered. How was it discovered and why was it controversial? Well, because it was already loaded on their retail disc, but locked. It really should come as no surprise that Capcom is more than willing to milk its customers, but this was a new low. The argument from studios regarding "Day One DLC" was always that final games are submitted well before they hit the public, so the development team has time to work on DLC before the public even sees the main game. But with this SFxT DLC already being on the disc, it is crystal clear this could have easily been included for free to all customers on day one.
That brings us to the recent news, posted on Capcom's blog – the DLC, originally planned for an October release, will be hitting the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at the end of this month, alongside a (free) patch to address some balancing issues. The DLC includes twelve new characters: Blanka, Sakura, Guy, Cody, Dudley, Elena, Jack, Bryan Fury, Alisa, Lars, Lei, and Christie. The cost is $20 on the PS3 and 1600 Microsoft points on the 360. Everyone who registered as an SFxT competitor at EVO (taking place this weekend) will receive the new DLC for free. In addition, the PS Vita version, which will be out in October, will include the twelve characters as a free download, as well as alternate costumes for the core 38 characters. All DLC can be shared between the PS Vita and PS3, so if you're a PS3 owner who plans on buying the game for the PS Vita as well, you might as well just wait for that.
Brett Elston, Capcom's Online/Community Manager, claims that the company has heard all the reactions regarding the on-disc DLC, promising "to incorporate that feedback into future titles – fighting or otherwise." Capcom may have learned to never put DLC on the disc ever again, but it's too late to save face now – no matter what the game, any time Capcom announces DLC, it'll be under a lot of scrutiny. If Capcom truly cared about its fans, this SFxT DLC would get unlocked for free for everyone.