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Take This DLC and Shove It, An Open Letter to Capcom

Posted by CheapyD, 26 February 2009 · 4042 views

Dear Capcom,

I'm writing this open letter to let you know that I won't be buying any of your Street Fighter IV downloadable costume packs.

Like many Street Fighter fans, I've dumped a lot of money into your franchise. I've spent an incredible amount of time and quarters on your arcade versions and have purchased home console versions too.

Despite it's problems, I'm having a lot of fun with your latest version, Street Fighter IV. The gameplay brings back a lot of fond memories I've had for the earlier games, yet includes plenty of new stuff to add some depth and keep things interesting.

Two weeks before the release of Street Fighter IV, you announced the details of 5 x $4 downloadable costume packs, the first of which was available on the games release date, with more coming during the subsequent 4 weeks.

I believe it to be extremely bad form for you to release and plan so much downloadable content so close to the games release date. This is especially true considering the title's online play shortcomings.

Are you aware that the online play for the $60 Street Fighter IV is vastly inferior to its $15 XBLA/PSN cousin, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix? Instead of planning how to suck an extra $20 out of your devoted fans, perhaps you could have included a lobby/quarter match system like SFIITHDR. Also, it's incredibly time consuming to get an online match going. Your developers seemed to not understand the concept underlying the "Quick Match" option and I bet one could download all 5 costume packs faster than launching a single ranked match. I spend as much time looking for matches as I do fighting in them. Just Google "street fighter quick match" to find plenty of complaints.

I recently purchased the $8 Legendary Car Pack for Burnout Paradise, which is basically new costumes for cars. How is that different you ask? Their game came out over a year ago, and during the last year, Criterion Games has spent a lot of time fine-tuning their product and adding new FREE content. Because of their vast efforts, I didn't feel too guilty splurging.

Capcom (and other guilty publishers), your customers who pre-ordered and/or purchased your games at full price at release are being punished with incomplete products when we should be rewarded for supporting you. Maybe next time we'll just wait for the inevitable price drops or buy the games used at a discount. We can use the money saved to reassemble which was broken apart to maximize profits.

Love,

CheapyD

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Dear Capcom,

I'm writing this open letter to let you know that I won't be buying any of your Street Fighter IV downloadable costume packs.

Like many Street Fighter fans, I've dumped a lot of money into your franchise. I've spent an incredible amount of time and quarters on your arcade versions and have purchased home console versions too.

Despite it's problems, I'm having a lot of fun with your latest version, Street Fighter IV. The gameplay brings back a lot of fond memories I've had for the earlier games, yet includes plenty of new stuff to add some depth and keep things interesting.

Two weeks before the release of Street Fighter IV, you announced the details of 5 x $4 downloadable costume packs, the first of which was available on the games release date, with more coming during the subsequent 4 weeks.

I believe it to be extremely bad form for you to release and plan so much downloadable content so close to the games release date. This is especially true considering the title's online play shortcomings.

Are you aware that the online play for the $60 Street Fighter IV is vastly inferior to its $15 XBLA/PSN cousin, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix? Instead of planning how to suck an extra $20 out of your devoted fans, perhaps you could have included a lobby/quarter match system like SFIITHDR. Also, it's incredibly time consuming to get an online match going. Your developers seemed to not understand the concept underlying the "Quick Match" option and I bet one could download all 5 costume packs faster than launching a single ranked match. I spend as much time looking for matches as I do fighting in them. Just Google "street fighter quick match" to find plenty of complaints.

I recently purchased the $8 Legendary Car Pack for Burnout Paradise, which is basically new costumes for cars. How is that different you ask? Their game came out over a year ago, and during the last year, Criterion Games has spent a lot of time fine-tuning their product and adding new FREE content. Because of their vast efforts, I didn't feel too guilty splurging.

Capcom (and other guilty publishers), your customers who pre-ordered and/or purchased your games at full price at release are being punished with incomplete products when we should be rewarded for supporting you. Maybe next time we'll just wait for the inevitable price drops or buy the games used at a discount. We can use the money saved to reassemble which was broken apart to maximize profits.

Love,

CheapyD

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Couldn't agree anymore.
Well said
Well said. :applause:
Qft
Damn Right!!!!
Capcom should have included downloadable costume packs along with the arcade sticks as a bonus for those plunking down more than just the price of the game. Also, it would be an excellent way to identify people who were playing with arcade sticks if they kept those costumes exclusive to the sticks.

I heard your sentiment here Cheapy, I'm just afraid the ones voicing their disappointment are a small, vocal minority compared to those who are happily forking over the cash for the DLC. I just wonder...
Hell Yess, 20 dollars for unlock keys is just completely ridiculous.
No matter how much I love Street Fighter, taking out those costumes to squeeze out an extra 20 dollars out of everyone is really filthy.
You make a great point Cheapy, unfortunately about the only thing we can do is not support DLC like this, but I doubt that will stop it.
From what I've played of the game, I enjoy it. However, I think HD Remix is more fun.
The biggest beef that I have with the "DLC" is that it isn't Downloadable Content at all. When you download the file (I got one with my Collector's Edition for 360), it is a 104kb file that unlocks the costumes for use straight from the disc.

It seems that a lot of people are cool with DLC, but I seriously wonder if they knew that the content was included on the disc, if they would feel so easy having to pay for it.

This advanced licensing of products (giving someone the license to play the game on the disc, but not to use everything on the disc unless paying for extra options) is getting out of hand and will probably continue to spread like wildfire throughout developers. It has been featured on Xbox for a while with Limited Edition and Preorder exclusives (Fable LE, Halo Wars Preorders, and a few others come to mind), but with something that is broken down like this as 5 seperate transactions, it seems like capcom is testing the waters to see how far they can push it.
Here's the more curious question.

Is the DLC, for anyone that downloaded it, appearing to be an unlock code for content already on the disc, or is it actual DLC that's, you know, downloaded?

I know I've seen this irritant with unlock codes unlocking content already on the disc with Beautiful Katamari, so I was wondering if the Capcom costume packs were more of the same. If it was just unlock codes, then it really would be a bigger kick in the nuts to the consumers.

*EDIT* As I look up, I see that NfOrCeRx explained it. It is unlock codes. :bomb: A hearty FU to you Capcom on that little bit.
Awesome letter Cheapy, we're behind you. Just so anyone knows, NO I have not bought the game and probably won't until I do find it cheap. Heck, I didn't even buy SFIIHD. I'd suggest everyone to only buy Capcom games used and see how they like it when we stick it to their wallets.
Bravo, sir. Bravo.
Well said!
I think some of the DLC costumes were included in the CE version of the game. But, I do agree it's bad form to sell this, or any, DLC so close to the release date. Something as simplistic as costumes just screams "held back to be sold as DLC at a later date".
I concur. There's really no way to argue against that or defend Capcom's actions here.
Although I'm sure a few will try...
A F'N Men! Preach on with your cheap ass, Brother D!!!

When I saw what they were offering, especially considering that this crap would have been unlockable last gen, it really is crazy.
:applause:
Amen!!! You tell them Cheapy!!!
The prime example in figuring out if it's an unlock code is during online matches, I doubt you can see the alternative costumes other people paid for if it weren't already on your disc.

The costumes were already included in builds sent to game sites and magazines for preview.

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