Yesterday afternoon Christian Svensson, Corporate Officer/Senior Vice-President of Capcom opened a thread on their Capcom Unity forum regarding the gaming community’s concern about their fishy on-disc content.
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.
According to Svensson this process of re-evaluation just started last month, and as result, no changes can be made to games that are set to be released within the coming months. One of these games happens to be Dragon’s Dogma; a game we have been closely following. Capcom goes on to explain:
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.
In other words; Dragon’s Dogma has on-disc DLC already. It’s good to see Capcom accepting the fact that they have been charging for content that was readily available on the first day of release for a game like Street Fighter X Tekken. Personally… it was one of the main reasons why I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would’ve wanted to.
What I don’t understand about this is the fact that Capcom acknowledges that even at the very early stages of its development they knew Dragon’s Dogma would have on-disc DLC, and yet they simply “assumed” there was nothing wrong with that? Oh, but let us recall how they think on-disc DLC, is still DLC. Then, the post goes on to talk about how this “post-launch” content will extend the gameplay elements and how it will add a “great” value to the game. While I won’t argue how much this content will add into the game, I will argue how this seems to be a last minute note made to notify gamers not to rage about Dragon’s Dogma DLC already being on the disc.
I still don’t see how they state that during the early production stages, it was decided the content would be locked on-disc and how they “didn’t” have time to change that… Tsk, tsk, bad Capcom!!
Source: Capcom Unity Forums