It was previously announced that Street Fighter X Tekken would arrive on the PS Vita this fall with twelve exclusive characters. It was then recently discovered that those same characters were coded onto the discs of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of the game, albeit not user accessible. What gives?
As Capcom explains, while those characters will come with the Vita versions of the game, they will be available for 360, PS3, and PC users to purchase as DLC shortly afterwards. By including them on the retail discs ahead of time, we all save valuable space on our hard drives. In addition, if some people choose not to “download” the additional characters, no compatibility issues will arise from them playing against people who did purchase the content and choose to use them online. Finally, by including all of the “DLC” on the disc to begin with, players won’t have to worry about purchasing a comprehensive “Super” version of the game later on down the road.
Still, many fans are upset that they’ll be asked to pay for content they already have in their possession. You can read Capcom’s official statement after the break and come to a conclusion for yourselves.
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. The new characters fighting their way onto Street Fighter X Tekken are… from the Street Fighter side… Blanka, Cody, Dudley, Elena, Guy and Sakura will be playable and from Tekken… Alisa Bosconovitch, Bryan Fury, Christie Monteiro, Jack, Lars Alexandersson and Lei Wulong will all be available.