Capcom has issued an official statement regarding the recent hack of Street Fighter X Tekken revealing that the game’s 14 DLC characters, including the 12 fighters that were “exclusive” to the Vita, are actually not downloadable at all and are already present on the retail version of the disc.
The company confirmed that all 12 characters from the Vita version of Street Fighter X Tekken are already on the disc, which means it will be very easy to “make sure that console fans are happy”, and will be unlocked with an online code after the Vita version is released this Fall. The company did not mention if the code will be sent for free, or if gamers will need to pay for it.
As for the “exclusive” PlayStation 3 Mega Man and Pac-Man characters, Capcom stated that those will be made available for the PS3 on March 13th, one week after the game launches. No comment was made to the fact that both characters are hidden on the Xbox 360 disc, as evidenced by the screenshot above, but we are assuming that they will also be unlocked for the 360 via a free or paid code at some point in the future.
Capcom stated that the reason why they put the DLC on the disc was to “ensure easy compatability between players who do and do not choose to download the characters”, and to avoid releasing a “Super” version of the game later on. Their full statement reads:
Capcom has confirmed that 12 new fan-favorite characters will be available as Downloadable Content (DLC) on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC versions of Street Fighter X Tekken later this year. The playable characters will make their debut on the PS Vita system when the game is released this fall, with the console and PC versions receiving them as DLC soon after. The character information and files were intentionally included on retail versions of the PS3 and Xbox 360 game to save hard drive space and to ensure for a smooth transition when the DLC is available, allowing players who choose not to purchase the content the ability to play against players that did. More specifics regarding pricing, dates and other additional exciting DLC plans for Street Fighter X Tekken will be shared at a later date. As a reminder, the retail version of the game will be the only disc-based version consumers will need to own and all future upgrades will come from post-launch DLC. The new characters fighting their way onto Street Fighter X Tekken are… from the Street Fighter side… Blanka, Cody, Dudley, Elena, Guy and Sakura will be playable and from Tekken… Alisa Bosconovitch, Bryan Fury, Christie Monteiro, Jack, Lars Alexandersson and Lei Wulong will all be available.
By including these 12 characters on the disc, the idea was to ensure easy compatability between players who do and do not choose to download the characters when they arrive as DLC. For example, not buying costumes in the Street Fighter IV series means you will not see the costumes when playing another person who did buy them; on-disc characters avoid this issue and allow everyone to participate in the update without additional patches or hiccups. The update also saves on file size – instead of a massive download, there will be a much smaller unlock that brings the new content to the surface.
This move also furthers our desire to avoid a “Super” version of the game down the road. Everything you need to enjoy this game for months (and years) to come will be accessed by the retail disc available this week. When the DLC update does come, it will inject new life and excitement into the game by unleashing 12 new fighters into the wild.
SFxT has a ton of content on day one, then later this year we reenergize the whole thing with a hefty DLC update, without the need for a second disc. And while pricing details are still to come, I can at least say it’ll be a great value considering the size of the update – 12 new characters is pretty substantial, after all.
I understand the reaction, but SFxT is a damn fun game with a ton of content right out of the gate and more stuff – all designed to keep this fresh – to come.
While their statement will likely not do much to calm angry fans, Capcom has at least for now explained themselves. The real test will come when they decided to announce the price for the codes that unlock this hidden Street Fighter X Tekken content. Unless everything gets unlocked for free, I’m expecting they will have to deal with a bit of a fan uproar.