Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada has told EDGE that all of his games will never offer paid-for character DLC.
“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.”
Street Fighter X Tekken caused controversy with its DLC characters, which were featured on the disc as data, but you had to pay extra to unlock them in-game. Harada has stated that Nacmo will not take the same route with its own fighting game franchise.
Harada was also keen not to entirely rule out paid DLC for the Tekken series, though he says it would only be used for vanity items.
Importantly, however, Harada has not entirely ruled out paid DLC in the Tekken series, though he says it would only be used for vanity items.
“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.”
Will we see DLC characters for Tekken? And was Street Fighter X Tekken right to charge for characters that were already present on the disc?