Capcom has responded to user complaints following the revelation that Street Fighter X Tekken has "on-disc DLC".
As reported by Xbox 360 Achievements, YouTube user SoulReaperTTG posted footage a hacked 360 copy of the game, revealing 12 characters that were supposed to be exclusive to the PS Vita edition.
Among the new fighters are Blanka and Dudley from Street Fighter, plus Jack and Alisa from Tekken.
Predictably, this has resulted in complaints from people who feel that they should have access to everything that's on the disc they've just bought. Capcom sees things differently:
"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," said the publisher, in a statement to MCV.
"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."
For better or worse, this kind of DLC setup is increasingly common, especially with fighting games. Capcom's explanation does make sense: NetherRealm's Mortal Kombat reboot suffered serious online problems due to compatibility problems between players who had the DLC, and those who didn't.
Still, I do understand why this annoys people. But if that makes you upset you might be interested to learn that when you're purchasing downloadable goods, you often don't own the product at all (see point 5).