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Capcom To Reconsider DLC Policies

There will be no more locked on-disc content in Capcom games.

By Dylan Coffey on 5/15/2012
You all might have gleaned by now that we are not big fans of exploitative content practices. While the biggest joke is the use of Online Passes, some companies, such as Capcom, have found more creative methods to milk their consumers for cash; Super and Ultimate editions and on-disc DLC are the tools of that once-glorious company, for example. In fact, Capcom's consistently exploitative and greedy practices have led to their fall from grace in the eyes of their once-fanatical fan base. Fortunately for all of us, Capcom has taken the hint after yet another round of outrage following Street Fighter X Tekken.

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Capcom's Senior Vice President, Christian Svensson, said via Capcom-Unity yesterday that they "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." In other words, they're going to cut back on the on-disc DLC that has continuously infuriated their consumers. Sadly, Dragon's Dogma is not included in this policy change because the decision to include on-disc DLC was "made at the beginning of the game’s development cycle." Too bad; a policy change like that would have done a lot to invigorate a new IP like Dragon's Dogma. Here's hoping Capcom pulls a strong play and makes all of that on-disc DLC free, as that would go a long, long way towards winning over their former fans once more.

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quantifier on May 15, 2012
This could be a good step in the right direction for Capcom. It's good to see they finally acknowledge that theirs fan are beginning to hate them and know that they need to change. They just better be smart about it, and not try to give us the same thing with just different wrapping paper on it.
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Elleyena on May 16, 2012
This is a start, but one thing they really need to consider is finishing Megaman Legends 3. And finishing it well. That would certainly make the fanbase happier.

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