After receiving a huge amount of backlash over the decision to put Street Fighter X Tekken DLC character on-disc, it appears that Capcom is looking to change their ways. Unfortunately, it won't be starting with their next major release coming out next week, Dragon's Dogma.
Senior VP of Capcom USA, Christian Svensson, commented on the recent outrage over the practice of putting DLC, that will be sold after the game's release, on-disc with the game itself:
We've been getting several questions, here and elsewhere about the future of on-disc DLC.
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. As this process has only just commenced in the past month or so, 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, where the decision to include some additional (but not all planned additional) game content for the game 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. 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.
Dragon’s Dogma’s post-launch content will extend the lifespan of a title that already offers around 30-40 hours of gameplay by following the main story thread, but if a player was to complete all the side quests Dragon’s Dogma ships with, that increases to around 100 hours. Players will also be able to add to the stock of 100s of weapons and 1,000s of customization options to create not only their ideally equipped, but also their most elaborately designed character.
Just wanted people to know in advance the whys, wherefores and where we're going in the future. You are being heard. Thanks.
Now the question is whether this will be actually implemented or is this simply some PR BS. I say that since Capcom was so readily able to provide an argument on why they do lock content that's already on-disc then sell later on as DLC in their response last month to the Better Business Bureau complaint that was made on the DLC characters of Street Fighter X Tekken.
Souce: Capcom Unity