This is something that has been kicked around a bit since KOFXII came out, but it’s relevant to all fighters.
There are some serious rumbles on the inside of the gaming industry that downloadable characters will become standard within the next few years. And really…that’s pretty fucking huge.
There are a few examples of downloadable characters in fighting games…but not many.
UFC 2009, while not really a fighting game, has some Gamestop-exclusive fighters available, and could very well get some more fighters added between now and its next installment.
The Naruto fighting games on the Xbox 360 had them.
Soul Calibur IV made you purchase the Star Wars characters opposite your console.
And these have all yielded a spectrum of responses, from “cool” to “no biggy” to “fuck that shit”. But here we are now, with the likelihood of this being the case increasing. But what if it becomes the industry standard? What to do then?
Personally, I’d like to see them limited exclusively to rebalances of the games (ie, SF2 New Warriors-type stuff). But what if they come out for free? Would everyone be against them then? For a long-ass time, a lot of hate was generated from the thought of straying from arcade perfection, but that has largely gone out the window. Anyway…thoughts?