What is this, I don't even.
To put it as bluntly as possible Capcom has gotten into a lot of shit lately over the inclusion of on-disc DLC in Street Fighter x Tekken, gamers complained and the company actually saw their Better Business Bureau rating take a hit probably in no small part thanks to all the negative press that developed over the revelation. So now Capcom, who had previously publicly stated that they saw no difference between on-disc DLC and regular DLC, are reconsidering their stance.
The non-committal response comes from a blog post on Capcon-Unity. The post shared the comments of senior VP Christian Svensson on the matter, which boiled down to this:
"We would like to assure you that we have been listening to your
comments and as such have begun the process of re-evaluating how such
additional game content is delivered in the future. As this process has
only just commenced in the past month or so, there will be some titles,
where development began some time ago and that are scheduled for release
in the coming months, for which we are unable to make changes to the
way some of their post release content is delivered.
such title is Dragon’s Dogma, where the decision to include some
additional (but not all planned additional) game content for the game on
disc was made at the beginning of the game’s development cycle as at
the time this was determined to be the most efficient way of ensuring
certain content was made available."
The rest of the post mostly goes on about how awesome Dragon's Dogma will be and how the on-disc DLC will make it even more awesome (excuse me if I'm just about the furthest from impressed that a person can be without looping back around and starting to become impressed again).
The entire thing just reeks of wishy-washy crap that seems unfortunately par for the course these days when game companies are called on their bullshit. As jaded as I seem to be getting these days I'm probably not wrong when I believe that Capcom isn't sorry about what they've done, they're just sorry that people caught on and got mad at them.
This means that even if on-disc DLC gets dropped, that things that would have been on-disc blocked content will just be taken off the disc and sold as old-fashioned DLC, perhaps even day one DLC, because as long as it's not on the disc it's alright, right? That's the point that Capcom would probably ask, which of course means that nothing is really going to change.
You know the sad part is that Dragon's Dogma actually looks good, and I also would be interested in playing Resident Evil 6 as well, but at the rate the big C is going, I don't think they're a company I'm comfortable giving money to anymore.