Tekken producer is against paid DLC

Katsuhiro Harada, the producer of Tekken, is firmly against the notion of paid DLC in Tag Tournament 2.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Harada revealed that his bosses at Namco are extremely keen to sell characters as DLC, but he thinks key components of games should always be included on the disc. The veteran developer even stated he might go so far as to quit Namco, if the situation with DLC became bad enough.

Here are the quotes, with credit to Eurogamer:

“I’ve been saying that, at least for Tekken, regarding techniques, characters and stages, these three things won’t be charged for, even if they are DLC.

Actually this is something my bosses have been asking me for quite a while now – what are our plans for DLC? How much money can we make? They are a company, obviously, in it to make money. So it’s something I’m continually asked even now.

But I haven’t changed my stance. If you’re making a fighting game, all of the elements necessary to enjoy it should be on the disc, or should at least be available for free.

If I was given the choice to include paid DLC or quit Namco, I would maybe quit… Or maybe I would just say ‘get someone else to deal with this’.”

The nature of both the content and cost of DLC is a hot topic amongst gamers these days, so it’s definitely nice to see somebody from within the industry trying to take a stand against the current direction.

Written by Raj Mahil

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

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