Harada Won't Follow Capcom's Lead
Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has reiterated his views on fighting game DLC: that content should only be charged for if it offers non-essential cosmetic items. According to the veteran designer, characters and core gameplay elements ought to "available for free," even if they're delivered post-release.
Apparently, though, his Namco Bandai bosses aren't necessarily of the same opinion.
“When you look at DLC, whether paid or free, a lot of titles have it on the disc, it’s not that unusual,” Harada told Eurogamer as part of a lengthy interview, which touched upon Capcom's controversial decision to offer on-disc DLC in Street Fighter X Tekken. “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.”
Good on you, Harada. We personally believe that on-disc DLC and cynical content packs are cannibalising our industry, and Matt recently wrote an impassioned
rant plea for this practice to stop.
However, his stance hasn't gone down well with Namco Bandai executives, who are concerned with monetising the fanbase.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 won't feature any paid DLC characters, instead, it will likely offer some "cosmetic, fan-requested items."