First there was Street Fighter IV (February 17th, 2009), Super Street Fighter IV (April 27th, 2010), and finally Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (June 28th, 2011). Thankfully each game brought something new to the table, and they were all released about a year apart from one another. After that there was the whole Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (February 15th, 2011) and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (November 15th, 2011) debacle, but what’s happening right now with Street Fighter X Tekken is about as low as you can get.
It has just been announced that later on this year once the Vita version of Street Fighter X Tekken is released, Capcom will allow users to purchase the right to unlock the 12 additional characters for their console version for the low price of $20! That’s right, $20 for content you already have on your disc, which you paid $59.99 for. That brings the total to $80. Wait, we’re not done yet.
Starting April 3rd players will be able to purchase swap costumes for $1 each, or $13 for the Street Fighter pack and another $13 for the Tekken pack. The pros are still trying to determine whether or not these costumes are included on the disc as well, but thus far I wouldn’t put it past Capcom. So to have everything…which you technically already do just in a locked form, will set you back $106. Not too shabby, right?
Oh at least they’re giving some stuff away for free, such as…
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, and three new color packs with four colors each.
So now time to get serious. Are we really going to sit by and take this? Here’s Capcom’s official response to why they locked the content.
“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.”
Am I the only one confused by that? If they had just, you know, unlocked everything from the get-go there wouldn’t be any problems to begin with. I’m sorry but this is one of the reasons why I got out of fighters years ago. Just look at how many versions of Street Fighter II there were before we finally got III. I was planning to go pick this one up today, but this news has left me so ticked off that I’m skipping this one for the inevitable Super Street Fighter X Tekken, which will be released in another three months, even if Capcom says no. I’ll believe it when I see it.
I also really want to know if any of you are actually supporting this. If so, can you please justify how and why? Inquisitive minds would like to know.