Capcom Comments On On-Disk DLC, Dragon’s Dogma Features Lots Of It

Everyone knows Capcom are EVIL. They make millions and billions of dollars by putting some of the downloadable content on the disk and then when people splash out on extra characters all they have to download is a 100kb unlock key.

They should make that stuff actually downloadable.

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However, the Japanese publisher is listening. They know that people hate the idea of having future content locked away on the disk until palms are crossed with silver, so they’re changing their ways. They are reforming. They will no longer be evil.

Well, shortly, because some games are already well into development that are sticking to the rules. Dragon’s Dogma will be another game where you’ll buy (should you so decide) content that’s already developed, produced, downloaded.

“We have begun the process of re-evaluating how such additional game content is delivered in the future,” say Capcom.

“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 such title is Dragon’s Dogma, where 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.”

Capcom say Dragon’s Dogma will offer 30-40 hours of gameplay without any DLC, but with it there’s likely to be around 100 hours.

“You are being heard,” the blog ends, meaning gamers, fresh from a group protest over Mass Effect 3’s ending, can rest easy that they’re effectively changing long term internal policies at at least one major publisher.

Respect.

Update: apologies, we misinterpreted the quote regarding content. Capcom have told us it refers to 30-40 hours story, 100 hours with all sidequests the game ships with.

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41 Comments

  1. Silly Capcom.

  2. i was wondering what dick move capcom were gonna pull.
    well, now i know.

    i’ll wait till it’s really cheap preowned then.

    might take six months or a couple of years, either way i can wait.

  3. Much prefer it being on-disc

    Victory for the whinging, over-entitled minority yet again. Well done whingers, well done.

    Thought it was just old people who wrote in to things like Points Of View, but if there was a televised version for gamers, there wouldn’t be enough airtime to fit everyone’s moaning in.

    Now pee off and channel your energies into something worth getting uptight about.

    • CC. I get what you’re saying here and in your other comments. But 40% game and 60% DLC (at best) seems a bit excessive in this case IMO.

      I can live with DLC as extra chapters/map packs etc. Say Alan Wake for example. Loved the game (although many didn’t). Played it through, then bought the extra chapters, cos I wanted to. To pluck a figure 80% game 20% DLC. RDR, again loved it. Bought some DLC 80/20% ?

      I dont think I’d buy a game knowing there was so much ‘missing’. 40/60% to me, is too much.(read, taking the piss) :)

      • Damnit! Post’s been updated. So thats that argument knackered …

        so…um ….CC smells like poo! 8P *runs away*

      • Article been updated, makes more sense.

        My point here was
        Day 1 DLC being delivered on the disc & unlock code is more convenient than day 1 DLC having to be downloaded, but minority of people got their knickers thinking they’re entitled to everything, which will now make it much more inconvenient for everyone.

      • ..still smell like poo tho.

  4. Look at you guys going to bat for these big industry cats, friggin’ disgusting. Does the Capcom Defense Force pay well?

    The point (try not to miss it, I’ll make it as clear as possible) is that we shouldn’t be paying for product that has already been developed in the regular cycle, within budget and held back to wring extra dough out of the consumers. END OF STORY.

    • Yeah we got that. Now get down off your soap box before you hurt yourself.

  5. There is always the risk of what happend with MVC were some people manged to unlock the downloadable content without paying for it and before it was even annonced.

  6. If it’s on the frecking disc, then it’s not DLC is it Capcom?

    To be honest, i’m not surprised they’ve locked some content away as they love to do that with every major release. Or at least it feels like they do it every time.

    40 hours is still pretty long for a game and i think falls into the average length for a RPG. :) Of course, due to my obession with getting all of the content in the game if it’s a RPG i will be waiting for a complete version to come out. That and to save space on my 80GB PS3.

    But if it turns out that the content that has been locked to the disc is/was part of the main story, i will not be happy.

  7. 7 year development cycle, £40 of my money. 40 hour main quest. I have no issue with this. None at all.

  8. I love downloading gigabytes of DLC. It’s great doing it on 3G. I especially like having to delete games off my 4GB Xbox 360 for DLC space.

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