After the fallout from Street Fighter x Tekken reveal that the DLC characters that players would have to spend extra money for were already on the disc, this is news that I’m glad to hear. Tekken lead producer Katsuhiro Harada mentioned in an interview with Edge Online that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will not share the same method that Capcom is employing for DLC in Street Fighter x Tekken, saying at that “…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.” Later in the interview, he stated that while he would never charge for characters as DLC, there were plans to include cosmetic options as DLC for characters. Things like outfits or decorations (which have no actual effect on the game) that can be added to costumes would be extras that players could choose to pay for.
However, Harada was also quick to make sure that he wasn’t openly condemning Capcom for their decisions, and instead seemed understanding of the company. He also acknowledged that it was “Capcom’s business decision”, and went to explain that he understood that if one player bought a character that another player didn’t, it could lead to a lot of problems in an online multiplayer environment, which is remarkably similar to the official response Capcom gave when it became known that the DLC characters for Street Fighter x Tekken were on the disc. I’ll hand it to Harada, not directly criticizing your direct competition in the gaming market takes some serious class.