Buying a next gen system, mobile phone or PC in the year of 2015/6 and expecting to not be exploited to some extent is naive. Everyone knows this is where video games are going and the few people that fight it will soon realize that the only way out is to retire from next gen/mobile gaming. There is no winning this war. Triple AAA titles are “struggling” to make profit and whether they actually are or not, like any business they’re going to find a way to make sure they can make money outside of a one or 2 week surge of physical disc sales. If you can make money other than on a short week to month time of people paying for a disc (because how many people are actually buying a game a month after it comes out?) you’re gonna do it as a business.
Being able to add to your profit long after you release a game is ideal (for the business) and allows a game to not have to solely rely on video game sales charts to green light a sequel or generally pad profits. Purely relying on physical disc sales in this age is archaic and no longer ideal for businesses and something they can easily force on customers.
Paying 60 dollars for a game and being locked into a premium experience was for a time when nothing else was being downloaded or could be downloaded to your games. In 2016 that is where you will start with the majority of video games. It’s just the reality.
As far as SFV goes, that’s why they’re doing the betas. They’re not just going “hahaha we will trick you into paying”.
They want to use the betas to see how long it takes different types of players to gain fight money necessary to purchase things. They at least have said that they want to create a medium so that those that play often can get everything gameplay wise (characters/balance updates) without paying money. Those that don’t play very often will most likely have to end up paying for something, but I’m sure they’re going to create a balance so that those who are gaining a lot of fight money don’t feel like they are also in a constant struggle. Those that are putting the time in should be able to feasibly get all the characters for free. Capcom’s goal will most likely be to make money off the people who don’t play very much, but at least they can choose what they want instead of being forced into a full package.
**Long story short if you’re going to be playing the game often, you shouldn’t have a problem. Your cousin down the street who plays it once a week will most likely have to pay for something, but at least he can choose what he wants and doesn’t pay for balance/feature upgrades to the gameplay. This will definitely be on the lower end of fee 2 pay siphoning of your wallet. They could very likely create specific costumes that require real money to purchase, but at least that’s cosmetic. **