Street Fighter X Tekken DLC characters on-disc

Capcom has confirmed that the extra Street Fighter X Tekken characters are available on the console discs hitting tomorrow, calling the move an effort to ensure easy compatibility between players.


The Vita version of Street Fighter X Tekken is getting a dozen extra characters, to be added to the console versions eventually as downloadable content. But apparently the characters are already on the disc, Capcom has confirmed.

The controversy began when EventHubs (via Kotaku) dug out intros of the various characters from a console version. Those videos were pulled due to a copyright claim from Capcom, but the presence of the videos led to speculation that the characters are already on the disc.

Capcom has since confirmed the on-disc characters, offering an official statement:

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.

Separately, community manager Brett Elston suggests this will help Capcom avoid releasing a "Super" version of the game. "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," he said.

The on-disc DLC "release" schedule will begin on PS3 on launch day. PlayStation Blog reveals that the PlayStation-exclusive characters Cole, Toro, and Kuro will be available on the disc on launch day. Mega Man and Pac-Man will be added as free downloadable content on March 13. The extra dozen characters coming in the Vita version include Elena, Guy, Cody, Sakura, Dudley, Blanka, Alisa, Christie, Jack, Bryan, Lars, and Lei.

On-disc DLC tends to ignite controversy. Capcom may have had the best of intentions with including these dozen characters on the disc, and even created a separate budget for it, but that's unlikely to silence annoyed fans.

From The Chatty
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    March 5, 2012 4:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Street Fighter X Tekken DLC characters on-disc.

    Capcom has confirmed that the extra Street Fighter X Tekken characters are available on the console discs hitting tomorrow, calling the move an effort to ensure easy compatibility between players.

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      March 5, 2012 4:05 PM

      I'm fine with this. This caused such a fucking mess with Mortal Kombat.

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        March 5, 2012 4:05 PM

        The mess being multiplayer was fucked up because of DLC character issues.

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          March 5, 2012 5:22 PM

          Which wasn't entirely NR's fault, it's just MS' patching policy. You can only do so many megs for a title update, therefore the original plan for MK was messed up when the DLC came out and couldn't be claimed as mandatory for online play.

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      March 5, 2012 4:13 PM

      how many characters does it have without the DLC?

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        March 5, 2012 4:20 PM

        19 from SF and 19 from Tekken. So 38 total. The being held back for DLC would bring that up to 40.

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      March 5, 2012 4:14 PM

      Cut out content, sell it after the release? CAPITALISM GO!

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        March 5, 2012 4:47 PM

        More like make content exclusive to one platform for a limited time, release for others later (at a price).

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      March 5, 2012 5:31 PM


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      March 5, 2012 6:53 PM

      Haha, gotta love their reasoning - or excuses, which they can't possibly believe anyone actually buys.

      "We want everyone who doesn't buy the content to be able to play with those who bought it!"

      Why not, I don't know, just let everyone use it from the start, since it's on the disc they bought?

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      March 5, 2012 7:05 PM

      Why do companies insist on doing this? (of course, the only other major one that I remember doing this was 2K with Bioshock 2, sooo)

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        March 5, 2012 7:45 PM

        One or more of those racing games did it too. Burnout or one of the NFS after Underground 2?

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          March 5, 2012 8:03 PM

          Burnout Paradise had no DLC on the disc iirc, and they did a few free big updates. The one that added bikes and a day night cycle was free for example. They eventually put out some pay DLC stuff a year after launch.

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            March 5, 2012 9:12 PM

            I'm not sure what game, but it was definitely cars already on disc, and the DLC was like 2kb codes to unlock them. There was a stink here on the Shack about it.

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      March 5, 2012 7:09 PM

      I wonder if they'll do the same with PC version, or include them because it's coming a few months later (May 11th)? Regardless, I'm waiting for that one because I'm sick of buying every the Capcom game twice. Also because the aliasing in the console versions makes it look like shit.

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      March 5, 2012 7:20 PM

      This is why people hate DLC. >:(

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        March 5, 2012 7:46 PM

        Oh Axe, Horse Armor isn't gonna hurt anything! Just don't buy it. It won't have any consequences in the future!

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      March 6, 2012 6:23 AM

      truly disgusting

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      March 6, 2012 7:13 AM


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        March 6, 2012 7:17 AM

        Except they are giving them out for the Vita version, which is already $20 less than the 360 & PS3 versions which do not include them in the game, yet have them on the disc anyway.

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