This past April was an interesting month. Several major controversies had the gaming community up in arms, not the least of which was the discovery that Capcom had disc-locked 12 additional characters for Street Fighter x Tekken–characters that those purchasing the game on the PlayStation Vita when it releases this fall would get for no extra cost.
At EVO on Friday, Capcom announced that those 12 locked characters would be available for play on July 31st, at the cost of $19.99 on the PSN, or 1,600 MS Points on XBL. The locked characters, (Blanka, Sakura, Guy, Cody, Dudley, Elena, Jack, Bryan Fury, Alisa, Lars, Lei and Christie) were originally meant to stay locked until the PS Vita version releases on October 2nd, but it seems the complaints of the fans accomplished something, even if the characters aren’t going to be a free download.
Additionally, a patch is set for release on the same day. The patch will re-balance the autoblock gem, address some issues with Rolento’s jabs, Xiaoyu’s crouching hard kick phoenix loops and Raven’s crouching HP loops, and reduces the hitbox size of Ryu, Ken, and Akuma’s Tatsumaki Sempuu kyaku.
“I know the 12 DLC characters have been a contentious topic since they were discovered on the disc, but your reactions have been heard. We can cite our reasons why they were on the disc all day – compatability for all players, save HD space, download bandwidth etc – but in the end you have to hear what the community has to say. The dev teams are listening, and promise to incorporate that feedback into future titles – fighting or otherwise.”
So, if “incorporating that feedback” really means anything, you can expect Capcom to avoid disc-locked content in the future. If it means anything.