Ono: Future Street Fighter X Tekken Updates To Be DLC

Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono has confirmed that any expansions to Street Fighter X Tekken will firmly remain in the realm of downloadable content, rather than a disc-based release.

The company has a knack of releasing updates to their trademark brawlers as seperate disc-based entities, but this will not be the case with SFxTekken according to Ono:

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“If we decide to create a new version of the game, we will go with the Street Fighter IV series route, by providing online update patches for the game.

“So I would say that you don’t really need to worry about a new version of the game coming out. If we choose to update the game, it will be done in the same fashion as Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.”

Hooray for not being gouged!

Source: Gematsu

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  1. The chances of being priced gouged are actually higher when something is released as DLC, especially going by the trend set by publishers as of late. You don’t have the option of waiting for a price drop either.

    Look at MK9. Lots of free updates but all four DLC characters will cost you $20 unless you bought the bundle for $15. For BlazBlue, each DLC character is $8. For MvC3, Jill and Shuma were $5 each. AE was $15 for four characters, tweaks to the Replay Channel, and balance changes.

    Imagine if Ultimate MvC3 was DLC. Ignoring the ridiculous pricing structure used in BlazBlue, characters would most likely be $5 a piece. Multiply that by 12. That’s already a lot of money and that’s not even compensating for the new stages and other changes.

    I think it all depends on how significant the update is. SFIV to Super was a huge leap forward for the series. Super to AE wasn’t, so DLC made sense.

    • Perfect scenario would be free bug fixes and game balancing and payed DLC with new characters and levels. I’m not sure how this was handled before but to someone who doesn’t know his way around beat ’em ups it always seemed like they released a game and then instead of releasing patches to fix issues they released the same game with those fixes and some DLC and marketed it as a “Super” version of the original game. So if you only wanted a fixed version of the initial game you were stuck with buying the new version and basically paying for a stable version of what probably should have been in the game from the get go.
      Again, this is how I always perceived the situation. I’m not saying this is how it is actually done.

    • Some good points there Delriach, have to agree with you that on the current pricing system that things would be much more expensive were UMvsC3 just DLC. I’d personally argue that the pricing system for additional characters in fighters is already incredibly over-inflated, but that’s another point entirely.

      Capcom are notoriously good for luring people back into picking up an updated version of a game they’ve released with a few extra bells and whistles. I commend them for such a good business strategy, I don’t think as many people are willing to buy individual DLC characters at such a high price compared to buying a new game.

      However, with UMvsC3 I’m a little sceptical about to what extent Capcom may have held back content so they could release another reiteration – the short 9 month gap between MvsC3 and UMvsC3 seems to suggest that. I’m talking about things like a proper replay mode they’re adding to UMvsC3 – it seems weird to me that they didn’t included it in MvsC3 considering it was a popular fan addition in SSFIV. I’m personally glad that such a situation can’t possibly arise again if there’s no disc update to SFxTekken.

      That’s me being incredibly sceptical, but I wouldn’t put it past Capcom to do something like that to make more in the long run, they’re a business after all.

      • Ignore my point about the replay mode, thought they were adding one but your review says otherwise, Delriach.

  2. At least this time they have actually stated that they will not be releasing ‘Super Streetfighter xTekken Hyper Deluxe Edition’. This way if they do end up releasing a ‘new & improved’ version, you can always refer back to that quote – Won’t get you anywhere of course, but at least you can confidently state it was said & achieve the moral victory! :)

  3. Of course, there’s always Tekken X Street Fighter to be released too.
    :P

    • There is indeed, but that one is handled by Namco if i recall correctly & will be more akin to the Tekken side of things.

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