Capcom DLC Controversy: 'Tekken Will Never Charge For Characters' - Harada

Dave Cook


Tekken Tag Tournament 2 game director Katsuhiro Harada has spoken out regarding recent Street Fighter x Tekken DLC controversy.

Published on Apr 17, 2012

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 game director Katsuhiro Harada has voiced his opinion on recent Street Fighter X Tekken DLC controversy, which began when hackers found 12 downloadable characters already on the disc.

Speaking with NowGamer at a Namco Bandai showcase in the States, Harada explained, "Regarding the Capcom thing, it’s their business decision obviously and I speculate that maybe the reason they did that was because, for example, if I were to fight someone online and I had bought a character and you hadn’t, in order for it to work you’d have to have the data on your machine as well."

"If it wasn’t on the disc, for each match, you’d have to download the character data and with it including the character model it would be quite a large file, increasing load times. It was probably done to reduce file sizes and make the matches more convenient."

Speaking about the Tekken approach to DLC, Harada added, "Regarding DLC, or disk-locked content, Tekken’s never really done that before and charged for it."

"This isn’t really directed at Capcom, it’s something I’ve been saying for a long time now, I see characters and their move sets as kind of like chess pieces."

"They are essential items necessary in the competitive aspect of the game and we would never sell them individually. I’ve been saying that since before the whole thing happened and that stance hasn’t changed."

You can check out the full Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Interview here.


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