Crazy DLC prices hit ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’

Capcom have dished out the details on downloadable characters and costumes for Street Fighter X Tekken – but its sure to be met with discontent from players.

This is due to two significant reasons. Firstly, the content is on the disc already; a move that infuriates gamers every time it happens. If the items are on the disc, it means they could have been included with the main game very easily. If developers and publishers insist on DLC, that’s fine, as long as it’s produced retrospectively to enhance or add to your already complete game. To pay extra simply to ‘unlock’ items on a disc you already own, is a bit of a low-blow.

In response to the droves of angry internet users, here was Capcom‘s reasoning:

“[The data is on the disc] 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.”

The second issue with this DLC is the price – on top of the $60 you just laid out for the game, the DLC will set you back another $46.

The new character pack will cost $20/£16 and is for the Vita-exclusive fighters. Now that in itself seems a bit strange – for PS3 buyers to have the same experience as the Vita players, they not only have to pay a higher price initially, but then have to spend even more after the fact, just to be on a level playing field.

As for the costumes, the pricing structure is arguably even worse. Whereas new characters could feasibly extend the life of the game, costumes are purely superficial. These costumes will be split into two downloads – one that allows your Tekken fighters to wear Street Fighter clothing and another that’s vice versa. How exciting. Price-wise, you’re looking at $13/£10 for each pack.

Of course, all of this content will no doubt be included on a “Super” version of SFXT in a few months time. Which in turn will have even more DLC, that’ll then be bundled together in the “Ultimate” version a few months after that. Before releasing more characters and creating the “Arcade” version, and so on.

So overall, not good news from the Japanese publisher. However, there is a bit of a bright side as some free content was also revealed, as listed below:

  • Nine new gem packs totaling 60+ new gems
  • Replay analyzer
  • Tournament support for gem selection
  • Three new quick combo pre-sets
  • Three additional gem loadout slots
  • Three new color packs with four colors each

Be sure to let us know in the comments whether you’ll be purchasing any of the DLC, as well as what you think of the game so far. Furthermore, if you haven’t heard the review yet, check out Episode 259 of the podcast for Glenn’s opinions on SFXT.

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Sub-Editor.

Twitter Digg Delicious Stumbleupon Technorati Facebook
  • Ramen_4_Life

    After reading this, I can understand why so many gamers are angry about the direction DLC is going these days.  I mean, asking people to pay $46 to access content that’s ALREADY ON A $60 BLU-RAY DISC!?  Come on, man.

    We should just wait two years, when “Ultimate SF X Tekken: Arcade Edition 3D With Move Support” comes out.  Of course, that might have DLC too…

  • This is one game I’m waiting for the next version of it to come out. Until then I’m just watching the “pros” actually play it and hope it is enough for me to not play it myself. It is difficult to stay away since I’m a sucker for a fighting game. 

  • MastaMold

    The last Capcom game i bought was Super Street Fighter 4 yea i’m done with Capcom and their games the same way i have been done with Activision for years now 

  • macho555

    You know what? F*ck you Capcom. I was really looking forward to this game too, as I’m a huge Tekken fan and didn’t want to wait for the “Tekken VS Street Fighter” version that has yet to be announced, but this is just getting ridiculous.

    It’s the fact that all that stuff is on the disc that pisses me off most, because obviously the discs hadn’t even started production before they finished all that DLC, meaning it had to be a part of the game, then removed.

    By the way, Capcom came out and said there would be no “Super” version of the game, does anyone actually believe them?

    • I’m not 100% certain but I do seem to remember them saying after Super SFIV that there wouldn’t be any more versions. Then came Super SFIV Arcade…

      • macho555

        Yeah I vaguely remember that too…

        What is it with fighting games anyway? Even Mortal Kombat pulled this, first having a paid subscription for DLC characters, then adding them all in later in a new edition. I know plenty of games have these problems, but fighting games seem to really get the short end. I guess the bottom line is, they keep doing it, because it works to get them more money.

        • Well in Mortal Kombat’s defense I feel they did it right. They actually had to give out free patches when they added the DLC( usually including a costume/fatality for an existing character, etc)  so everyone could play against the new characters online. Capcom had no real shame this time around and just included the content on the disc saying they put it there so you wouldn’t have to be bothered by downloading huge patches…that is so not cool.

          Again as for Mortal Kombat, I was going to pass on the upcoming Vita release initially, considering I already have the game on PS3 with all the DLC, but they reveled mini games and integrated features using the Vita. Since they seem like they actually care about the consumer by not just porting the title but adding more features to the game I’ll be picking this one up day one.

          • macho555

            I guess that’s fair, Mortal Kombats developers did seem to try to make it as easy as possible to use, and not make the DLC “mandatory”.

            Its odd, I passed on the PS3 version to wait for the newer version, but hearing that there is going to be a newer Vita version with extra features…I guess I’ll just go and get that one when its out. I just got my Vita today, need more games for it, haha.

  • ChazzH69

    At least with DLC purchased for the PS3 version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 can be used on the PS Vita version for free (and vice versa).

    It would be nice if the same thing happened here, it would make me more interested in buying the DLC in the first place.

  • 2 words: FUCK THAT!

    You can get a game cheaper now. They know hardcore fighting fans were waiting for this game for ages and it is a gold mine as it appeals to both Tekken fans and SF fans, why not make money off it?

  • I just want to make sure I have this right…  This is the game that the sound drops out during multiplayer… the one the developer said they can’t fix…  with the terrible UI…  right?  To add insult to injury, Capcom is notorious for nickle and dime’ing customers… and people are still even considering this title?  That there speaks volumes about the intelligence of the American consumer.