Capcom Gets Busted; On-Disc DLC Discovered For Street Fighter X Tekken
Update: New video link at Shoryuken shows that all the on-disc characters are playable and the movesets are in place.
Remember that article on this website not too long ago about whether day-one DLC was acceptable? Well, it looks like Capcom wants to put that question to the test with Street Fighter X Tekken as characters that were supposed to be released on the console version at a later date as paid-for DLC were discovered to already be on the disc.
According to Destructoid, they discovered that Ogre-Gill, Dudley, Elena, Cody, Guy and other supposed DLC characters for the console version of the game are already on the Xbox 360 version of the game disc. And according to EventHubs, they're testing if the character models are fully working and playable straight from the disc.
Capcom mentioned before that these characters would be accessible fighters on the PS Vita version of the game but would later appear as a long-term plan of DLC for the console rendition(s). However, as the Destructoid article proves, the DLC isn't being made by another production studio, was not finished after the game had gone gold and is not on some digital cloud storage space. The Street Fighter X Tekken DLC is right smack there on the disc and completely accessible if you have the right tools. Capcom now has a bit to answer for.
One thing worth noting, however, is that Capcom has yet to announce pricing and dates for the DLC and if they were wise they'd let this slip under the bed and pretend that they weren't going to charge for the on-disc DLC to begin with.
For those of you who don't know why on-disc, day-one DLC is a bad thing I'll break it down for you like this: you just paid $60 for a game and a company is saying you can pay extra to unlock content already contained on that $60 game disc, anywhere between $10- $15 extra. So essentially, you're paying $70 - $75 to unlock all the content already contained on a game disc you bought. Most people with common sense call this a cash grab.
The real thing now boils down to gamers...are you all still willing to support day-one, on-disc DLC? If you make a big enough stink about it I'm sure Capcom will come clean and apologize to the gaming community for trying to do a blatant cash grab. However, if you buy into it and accept it then you're just giving them more incentive to continue to finish the development of games and restrict on-disc content only to charge you for content you already paid for at a later date.
I'm hoping gamers make the right decision. Many of us gamers were afraid that supporting the day-one DLC for Mass Effect 3 would lead to further instances like this one but it looks like we don't have to wait for March 6th to know that publishers are already getting the milk trains ready with day-one, on-disc DLC.
If you think this is just a "Capcom bashing" article or potentially fake, check out all the DLC endings and characters in action with video footage over at Destructoid.
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