Long time Tekken producter Katsuhiro Harada has been extremely vocal over the past year against paid DLC. Harada has spoken up again on the matter and even said something surprising that may eventually result in him choosing to step away from Namco. Check out what he had to say below.
“I’ve been saying that, at least for Tekken, regarding techniques, characters and stages, these three things won’t be charged for, even if they are DLC. Actually this is something my bosses have been asking me for quite a while now – what are our plans for DLC? How much money can we make? They are a company, obviously, in it to make money. 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.
“If I was given the choice to include paid DLC or quit Namco, I would maybe quit… Or maybe I would just say ‘get someone else to deal with this’. These are ideas that aren’t essential to enjoy the game, and might be available for purchase.”
Harada, as a vocal opposer of paid DLC, is a rare breed in the video game industry these days. A lot of people already had loads of respect for this guy due to his down to earth approach to gaming, but these comments are in a league of their own. Admitting that he would rather leave Namco than allow for Tekken to have paid DLC characters and such is pretty significant. Let’s just hope that this never comes back to bite the guy in the ass.