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Tekken Producer Says Series Will Never Have For-Pay DLC Characters

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Posted on April 18, 2012 AT 03:29pm

THE BUZZ: On the other end of the spectrum from our story earlier about the DLC characters for Street Fighter X Tekken comes this from Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada—who says his series will never have for-pay characters.

EGM’s TAKE: While fans on Capcom’s fighting games are currently mired in arguments with the folks in Osaka over DLC characters, in an interview with UK publication Edge, Namco Bandai’s Harada says that Tekken players won’t need to have such concerns.

Tekken has never had DLC before and charged for it. This isn’t really directed at Capcom, I have always said this, but I see the characters and their move sets as chess pieces – they are essential items necessary in the game and we would never sell any of those individually.”

Harada went on to tell Edge that he didn’t want to be seen as criticizing Capcom for the DLC efforts, because that was “Capcom’s business decision.” He also pointed out that he saw the logic in including DLC characters on the original Street Fighter X Tekken game disc, as it helps make sure that all players have the character data needed.

However, Harada then noted that he wouldn’t rule out DLC of any sort for Tekken—just that it would only be used for things like vanity items.

“There are some strange people on Twitter who ask for really peculiar items like bikini suits for Lee Chaolan,” he told Edge. “Obviously, we wouldn’t have had that in our original development plan, so if we were going to do it, we’d need to create it right now, without a budget – obviously we’d have to charge a little bit for such items.”

For Edge’s fully conversation with Katsuhiro Harada on the subject of DLC characters, hit the link below.

Source: Edge

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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