Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will not feature on-disc DLC, Namco Bandai has confirmed, responding to the argument caused by Capcom’s controversial tactic of charging for characters already included on the game disc.
“Tekken’s never really done that before and charged for it,” said Tekken’s producer Katsuhiro Harada when asked by Eurogamer about the recent controversy surrounding on-disc DLC, “however we did have an [unlock] system in Tekken one to five,”
“The character locks were like that – we never took money for it but the concept itself was there. I think really the players’ opinions and the heated discussion is whether you charge for it or not.”
Interestingly, Harada added that no additional characters would be released for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 via post-release DLC, on-disc or not, saying that any additional content would be purely cosmetic, like “bikini swimsuits” or other additional items.
On-disc DLC has caused outrage amongst the community in recent months, with both of Capcom’s recent fighters Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken containing locked premium DLC characters on the game disc.
In response to a complaint posed by one particular consumer, Capcom defended its decision to charge for characters hidden on the game disc, saying that it was “sorry that some of its fans are not happy about the chosen method of delivery for the DLC, [but] we believe that this method will provide more flexible and efficient gameplay throughout the game’s lifecycle.
“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. We hope that this addresses [name withheld] concerns.”
Many of you disagreed.
Some hackers even managed to unlock Street Fighter X Tekken’s additional characters prior to release date and use them in online play over Microsoft’s Xbox Live network.
At the time, Capcom said that it had “opened channels of communication” with Microsoft to get those players’ accounts banned from Xbox Live.
Earlier this month, Epic Games designer Cliff Bleszinski appeared to defend the tactic too, saying that on-disc DLC was an “ugly truth of the gaming industry”.
His game, Gears of War 3, also featured on-disc DLC.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 launches on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in September.
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