It’s the opposite of Capcom’s on-disc DLC character skins. It appears that the DLC costumes are completely missing from the game unless you buy them yourself. If you don’t buy a character’s customisation pack, then you will only ever see that character with default type A or default type B costumes. Unlike both console VF4s and vanilla VF5, the Customize option is completely disabled unless you buy a character’s costumes. The other costumes and costume parts are actually missing from the game until you buy one and download something. This causes a unique problem.
I bought the Sarah Customisation Pack for $5. If I play an online match using Sarah with a Type E Ulala costume:
Versus screen shows both players that I’m using costume Type E
I see my own Ulala costume
Opponent just sees Sarah’s default Type A unless they also bought Sarah’s customisation pack or Bundle 1
How lame! I paid $5 for my character to have a costume, and it’s only visible to me and other people that own Sarah’s customization pack. If my opponent is using someone other than Sarah, I can’t see their costume, either. This happens even though I downloaded every costume in the game (2GB) and they’re now on my drive. So now I’ve got some questions:
Do you think $5 is fair for costumes that are only visible to you and other players with that spent their own $30 to see my character’s costumes?
Is it a good idea to just drop $30 and buy both Customisation Pack Bundles just to see the costumes my opponents make?
Is there a going to be a title update or free DLC to see other character’s costumes?
Would a custom Type B result in a default Type B for my opponent that doesn’t own my character’s costumes? (Answer: no, they get default Type A anyway)
If I win and get the special Ulala win pose, what does the opponent see? (Answer: they get one of the default win poses)
My apologies if this has already been brought up in the console version thread, but I think this calls for its own discussion.
Edit: VFDC’s FAQ confirms some of this too. Since the base game also approaches XBLA’s 2GB limit, all the extra costumes and parts had to be removed and sold separately as DLC. No problem there.
Edit again: When you buy a customisation pack on 360, you get a 2GB download of all characters and only unlock the stuff you paid for. On the PS3, though, you buy a customisation pack, get a 100-300MB download of just the character or presumably a 1GB bundle, then whatever you downloaded unlocks. It seems that Sega wanted the buying and unlocking parts to be the same for both platforms, even though changes had to be made to downloading to accommodate each platform. I made changes to the post above to remove some complaining about this.
Edit 3rd time: So I found out that non-paying opponents always see default Type A when I use any custom at all. In online matches, not only can you not manually do an item win pose, but when one happens randomly, non-paying opponents just see a random default win pose anyway. Updated the OP with these answers.