If You Hate Capcom's DLC Policy, Read This

Japanese publisher Capcom has taken a lot of flak this year for its policy of hiding "downloadable" content on a fighting game disc, then charging users to unlock it. Sure, they had their business reasons, but when people spend $US50-60 on a game, they expect to own everything on that disc.

So it's awesome to hear Capcom's someties-partner, most-times rival in the fighting game scene, Tekken boss Katsuhiro Harada (pictured, badass), speak out against such policies.

"Actually this is something my bosses have been asking me for quite a while now - what are our plans for DLC?", he told Eurogamer. "How much money can we make? They are a company, obviously, in it to make money. So it's something I'm continually asked even now. But I haven't changed my stance. If you're making a fighting game, all of the elements necessary to enjoy it should be on the disc, or should at least be available for free."

Later, he draws an even bolder line in the sand, saying "If I was given the choice to include paid DLC or quit Namco, I would maybe quit... Or maybe I would just say 'get someone else to deal with this'."

Well said, Mr. Harada. Well said.

Mr. Tekken: Behind the shades of the franchise chief [Eurogamer]


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    Respect!

    i like this guy.

    They will listen to him because he has both a rifle AND a sword.

    This guy is boss. I'm proud to have met him when he came to Sydney a few years back.

    He should have some serious words with the Soul Calibur team

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      Thanks captain buzzkill. You go ahead and enjoy your slow descent to microtransaction land.

      I think your statement is more naive. This guy has been making games since way back when.
      In those days there was no way anyone was going to pay for DLC, reasonably priced or otherwise.
      You keep letting the companies push their boundries (and you can bet your arse they will), sooner or later everything you deem unreasonable now will seem suddenly acceptable.

      We need people like Harada holding his ground.

        I agree. People should work hard and give us great content and we shouldn't have to pay for it.
        In case you couldn't figure it out, I was being facetious.
        And as for on disc dlc, why should the delivery mechanism matter? Unless the game is incomplete and they're holding out on stuff that should have been in there it shouldn't matter how you get it. The thing is, people assume the dlc content would have even been made were they not going to charge for it.

          DLC has become a total joke and a rip off. If they actually were new content rather then with held content, then it would be awesome. At the moment, pretty much every game that has DLC is having release day DLC. As if they honestly expect us to believe that this "DLC" content wasn't just ripped out of the main game (From Ashes in ME3 springs to mind as one particularly offensive example).

          DLC is great when it's actually studios building extra content post release (i'm thinking expansion packs like SC Brood War, or WC3 Frozen Throne) , but this whole debacle is just out of control at the moment. I'm shaking my head as I type this thinking of Capcoms "ON DISC" DLC... Like seriously guys.. What the shit!? At least PRETEND to make it post release... far out!

          In relation to this statement "The thing is, people assume the dlc content would have even been made were they not going to charge for it."

          Are you saying they make a game take longer to create and therefor delay it so we have the privilege of paying extra for the content that delayed the game? If they aren't planning on including it in the 60 dollar RRP then they shouldn't have staff working on it until after the game is complete.

          Nobody expects things for free, we expect it to be included in the price of the game instead of them having a major topic in them making plans right from the beginning to get more money out of us.

          Anyone who supports this probably also likes to savour the rich and complex bouquet of their own farts. I find it extremely hard to believe we have consumer apologists for this shitty practice. Theres a pretty clear line where something becomes unpalatable and locking 20% of the roster on release is way past that line and right into disgusting. It's not like Capcom are creating new and interesting characters and gameplay mechanics they're withholding old Street Fighter favourites like Blanka and Sakura and from the Tekken side Bryan and Lei. I wouldn't put it past them to make Ken DLC in SFV and by SFVI have characters ordered à la carte for US$5 a pop. But by all means slugger if you like the rape and pillage along the shores of wallet island keep buying those DLC packs for US$20 (or $30 and up for arbitrary 'Australia tax') on a $60 game that fills the final 20% of the roster that should've been full to start with.

        What's it like living in a fantasy land of pixies and magic pies?

    I've never played a Tekken game before, but I really want to now.

    That's it. I'm buying two copies of TTT2.

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