Capcom could be about to pull a U-turn on its controversial decision to include post-launch DLC on the original game disc, but not before a handful of titles “that are scheduled to release in the coming months” take advantage of it.
“We’ve been getting several questions about the future of on-disc DLC,” said Capcom’s Senior Vice President Christian Svensson speaking on the firm’s official community site.
“We would like to assure you that we have been listening to your comments and as such have begun the process of re-evaluating how such additional game content is delivered in the future.”
Could Capcom be about to change its ways? Here’s hoping.
However, Svensson warned that the re-evalution “only just commenced in the past month or so”, meaning that “there will be some titles, where development began some time ago and that are scheduled for release in the coming months, for which we are unable to make changes to the way some of their post release content is delivered.”
One such title is Dragon’s Dogma, Capcom’s action-RPG due for release next Friday, 25th May.
“The decision to include some additional (but not all planned additional) game content for [Dragon’s Dogma] on disc was made at the beginning of the game’s development cycle as at the time this was determined to be the most efficient way of ensuring certain content was made available,” he continued.
“Owners of Dragon’s Dogma will be able to further their gameplay experience with the release of additional quests, weapons and other items in the months following the game going on sale.”
Besides Dragon’s Dogma, further Capcom titles that could include on-disc DLC include Resident Evil 6 and Devil May Cry reboot DmC. This is still unconfirmed by Capcom, however.
Capcom’s strategy to include premium post-release DLC on-disc has caused controversy amongst much of the community. Many argue that they’re entitled to the content at no additional cost because it’s already included on the original disc.
Capcom’s decision to re-evaluate its delivery strategy comes as a surprise, however.
Last month, a spokesperson for the firm said that “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.”
Cue further fan outrage.
Svensson wants to reassure fans that their feedback is being taken on board, though.
“Just wanted people to know in advance the whys, wherefores and where we’re going in the future. You are being heard. Thanks.”
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