What does DLC stand for? Usually it means ‘Downloadable Content’, but more recently DLC has been given the meaning ‘Disc Locked Content’. If your unsure, this is referring to the way that the downloadable content we purchase from the XBL Marketplace is already on the disc and we are just buying the code to unlock it so it is useable.
One of the biggest companies that have been using this style is Capcom. With Street Fighter X Tekken being the most recent game to cause a storm. The 12 additional DLC Characters were already on the disc but would cost a gamer 1600msp for them to access and use during the game. Even after complaints from their community, Capcom defend themselves by stating:
“There is effectively no distinction between the DLC being ‘locked’ behind the disc and available for unlocking at a later date, or being available through a full download at a later date, other than delivery mechanism.”
But it seems like that the pressure from the gaming community has proven to be too much for Capcom to handle now as they have said they are ‘re-evaluating’ their policy. Capcom US Boss Christian Svensson has this to say:
“We 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. As this process has only just commenced in the past month or so, there will be some titles, where development began some time ago and that are scheduled for release in the coming months, for which we are unable to make changes to the way some of their post release content is delivered.”
One of these titles that begun quite some time ago is Dragons Dogma, he referred to this below:
“The decision to include some additional (but not all planned additional) game content for the game on disc was made at the beginning of the game’s development cycle as at the time this was determined to be the most efficient way of ensuring certain content was made available. Owners of Dragon’s Dogma will be able to further their gameplay experience with the release of additional quests, weapons and other items in the months following the game going on sale. Just wanted people to know in advance the whys, wherefores and where we’re going in the future. You are being heard. Thanks.”
We can’t quite call that a victory just yet as things haven’t changed, but at least Capcom are seemingly doing something about the DLC issues. It is nice to know that these companies do and will pay attention to what their fans want, but has it taken too long?
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