Capcom stirred up a whole mess of controversy when Street Fighter X Tekken players discovered that all twelve of the games forthcoming premium DLC characters were already present on the game’s retail disc. The finding prompted countless fans to lash out at Capcom, labeling their actions as shoddy, unfair, criminal and much more. In a recent interview, Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada was asked about his position on Capcom’s decision and on DLC characters in general.
His response was pretty awesome.
Regarding Capcom’s decision, Harada-san has conveyed that it would be difficult for players who hadn’t downloaded the DLC to play against those who had. Capcom themselves said this a while ago. Regarding future DLC practices for Tekken, Harada-san pointed out that Namco has never sold DLC characters for the Tekken games(although in all fairness, the trend hadn’t really taken off when the last new Tekken game hit home console) and that it wasn’t going to start in light of any trend.
He used a great analogy to explain why; for the purpose of maintaining competitive integrity, he views the all of the characters as essential pieces on a chess board. Selling characters separately could thereby be compared to selling someone a chess board and then selling all of the pieces individually. Gruesome. I for one hope Harada-san stays true to his word as Tekken X Street Fighter and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 near completion.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be available on PS3 and Xbox 360 this September. Check out the newly released trailer for the game below.