Capcom’s answer to financial uncertainty: add more DLC

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Gamers have been complaining about Capcom, on-disc dlc, day-one dlc, and your general unnecessary dlc for years now. It’s probably because these gamers came from a time when games were bought complete–no patching, no dlc. Any bonuses were unlocked through normal play, and let’s not forget that games used to come with physical, art-filled, paper instruction manuals. Well, continue your unease, gamers, because Capcom’s DLC train is going into hyper rainbow mode–quick, someone get on the nyan cat alteration!

Profits for Capcom’s Digital Contents business are down by over 50% at $31 million for its 2013 fiscal year. With these profits making up 67.7% of their total income, Capcom has its eyes squarely set on nickel and diming their customers via DLC from here on out–as if we haven’t already felt the effects of previous DLC intrusions.

For the official word on the future of Capcom DLC double-downage, here’s Capcom COO, Haruhiro Tsujimoto:

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“I regret to say that, up to now, we had few plans for the full-scale implementation of DLC. From here on out, we need to focus on the long-term provision of content starting at the earliest stages of development.”

“Furthermore, in terms of user response, if the additional related content we are providing continually to users online is deemed uninteresting from the start, there will be no ongoing business to pursue. This means that, more than ever before, the creation of underlying content is the key to success.”

The only bright spot I can see is if Capcom manages to put together complete experiences on a disc, and then sells things like episodes/chapters later on (ala Fallout 3). The worst thing they could do is tear a game apart and make you pay $60, and then more for whatever pieces you like best.

What do you think? Will Capcom begin to make “good” DLC, or will they continue down the path already well worn?

Source: Games Industry International
Via: VG247

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