‘Tekken’ Boss Harada Nixes Paid Characters as Capcom Announces Paid ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’ DLC

Capcom announces 12 new fighters coming to their mashup fighter along with a new balancing patch. Katsuhiro Harada balances that out by saying Namco Bandai would have to fire him to put paid characters into a Tekken game.

Duck, because Katsuhiro Harada is throwing firebombs again. The series’ director, who took to Twitter recently to order fans of the long-running series to “grow up” is back again saying that he’d rather not be in charge of the franchise if his Namco Bandai bosses ordered him to put in new characters as paid DLC.

Speaking to Eurogamer, the outspoken director said while he’d been asked to do just that in the past, and understood his company’s need to make money, he just couldn’t do it. So it’s something I’m continually asked even now. But I haven’t changed my stance. If you’re making a fighting game, all of the elements necessary to enjoy it should be on the disc, or should at least be available for free.”

The director says he’s not averse to DLC, citing stuff like soundtracks and old ending movies as the kind of stuff that’s not disruptive to the game.

Coincidentally, Capcom has announced 12 characters coming to SFxT on July 31st as paid DLC. Awkward.

It’s six characters from each franchise with Alisa Bosconovitch, Bryan Fury, Christie Monteiro, Jack-X, Lars Alexandersson, and Lei Wulong representing Tekken and on the Street Fighter side Blanka, Cody, Dudley, Elena, Guy, Sakura. The new characters will be priced at $19.99 on PSN and 1600 points on Xbox LIVE. Or, if you pick up one of the first run Vita copies of SFxT, you can use an included download code to get all of these characters for free for your PS3 version of the game.

That brings the total roster of playable characters to 50 for the 360 and 55 for the PS3 and forthcoming Vita. That also brings us to two lines in the sand from Katsuhiro Harada in 2012.

[Sources: Capcom-Unity, MCV]

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