No On-Disc DLC for Street Fighter 5

"There will not be on-disc DLC," producer says.


Upcoming fighting game Street Fighter V will not feature DLC already loaded onto the disc when the game launches, Capcom has confirmed.

"There will not be on-disc DLC, for sure," Capcom producer Matt Dahlgren told Game Revolution during a recent interview at the Tokyo Game Show.

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On-disc DLC has been a point of controversy in the Street Fighter series recently.

In April 2012, on the eve of Street Fighter X Tekken's launch, Capcom admitted that the 12 "downloadable" characters announced as PlayStation Vita exclusives were actually on the discs of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game. Capcom later defended this move by saying there is "effectively no distinction" between on-disc DLC and downloaded add-ons, apart from delivery method.

In the wake of this controversy, former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski said on-disc DLC is an "ugly truth" in the industry, adding that it's an "unfortunate reality" of doing business. More recently, Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore said on-disc DLC conspiracies are "nonsense."

Capcom is taking a drastically different approach to post-launch updates for Street Fighter V. First, the company intends to only ever offer a single disc, and players will be able get all future DLC either by paying or simply playing the game.

Street Fighter V is in development for PlayStation 4 and PC, and will feature cross-platform play between both systems. The game is slated to launch during Capcom's current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2016.

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