Fighters are "chess pieces," says Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada and as such, they are absolutely essential.

And that's why Namco won't be charging for any new fighters they choose to add to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 via downloadable content. His comments come after the gaming world discovered a dozen locked characters on the Street Fighter X Tekken disc, which immediately prompted outrage that players would be charged at a later date. But Tekken has never charged for DLC before and they're not going to start now, as Harada told Edge :

"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 made an effort to explain why he believed Capcom did what they did, saying that if one player bought a character that another player didn't have, they would not be able to play against each other online. It's a rational thought and quite diplomatic, although it probably won't appease the angered fans. Added Harada:

"Each player needs to have the character data on their disc – if one doesn’t, they would need to download it before each match – and as that includes the character model, the data would be large, increasing the download time. I also wonder if it’s because the game has characters which are Vita-specific, and they wanted to make it so that owners would be able to use them on PS3 as well."

Capcom said the 12 fighters were on the disc "to save hard drive space, and to ensure a smooth transition when DLC is available." But the point is, you don't have to expect to pay for extra fighters in TTT2. That's the prime point to take away from this. However, that being said, Harada did say paid DLC wasn't entirely out of the question.

"There are some strange people on Twitter who ask for really peculiar items like bikini suits for Lee Chaolan. 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."

Related Game(s): Tekken Tag Tournament 2

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BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Ha, call me strange, but I'd never tweet just to get a bikini for any gaming character……

…although I think Cole might look hilarious slaying Vampires in a pink Tutu.


Last edited by BikerSaint on 4/18/2012 10:53:21 AM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Looking forward to this. Loved Tekken Tag. One of my favorite fighters from last gen.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Not really into Fighters, but I'm glad for the fans. I like the philosophy on fighters as chess pieces.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

While I approve that they not going to con us with DLC, saying they need the characters as a whole to counteract one another. Nowadays with over the top characters like Raven and Alisa it is an incredibly imbalanced game. I have Tekken Tag 1 in HD and am content with Tekken, I doubt I'll ever buy one again after the juggling and anime direction the series went post Tekken 5.

supercrazyggk1
supercrazyggk1
9 years ago

Hi guys, my first post ever on this site.Been following this site for quite some time, thought it was time to get on board.On topic,i love tekken and its great to have tekken tag back.Its also good that they care about fans because what capcom is doing with dlc and spinoffs can only be described as shameful milking of fanbase.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

supercrazyggk1,

Welcome in

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Cool, well I'm glad it'll ship with a full roster.

Not being particularly a big fan of extravaggent juggles, the tag series of any game hasn't ever taken preference over more traditional 1vs1 games. I like the more grounded, more calculated process of the fight over the more flash and fluff that comes with delicately timed and long winded juggles that destroy near full life bars.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

extravagant juggles should only exist in Killer Instinct.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

<3 Killer Instinct

Xzer0
Xzer0
9 years ago

I just don' understand why consumers must pay for that what they already had bought. It's like buying a car with full complictations but there is one issue you must pay an extra for keys to drive your car what you legally own, same thing is with street frighter x tekken. I can tell with 100% that what capcom had done is illegal, they intentially put a dlc on physical media to charge game owners who legally have rights for all contents on physical media which they bought. Capcom make this dlc for free or some european lawyer will buy it and sue your company for fraud.

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

A developer who understands the concept of DLC. Major Kudos to Katsuhiro Harada.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Now that's the right mindset.

Rogueagent01
Rogueagent01
9 years ago

It is nice to see that someone in the gaming world knows what DLC should be. Mind you for these types of games. Charge for cosmetics and things that have no real affect on the gamings balance, anything that affects balance needs to be accessible to all consumers for free.

telly
telly
9 years ago

Tekken just never did it for me. I was always a Virtua Fighter guy back in the day, and the first Soul Calibur for Dreamcast was THE fighting game for me when it came out. Kind of tempted to jump back in with Tag, always love some good tag combat.