Its been a long time since I’ve written anything editorial, but there is a topic that I’ve been discussing a lot lately that I wanted to bring up. There is quite a bit of outcry toward Capcom for announcing the November 2011 release of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, a full disc-only update to February’s Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. The main complaint seems to be that nine months is just far too soon to release a new version of the game, and that Capcom has their Aim of Hawkeye on our pocketbooks.
To be honest, I also felt that it was too soon at first. That is, until, I decided to break it down mathematically. I’m not saying that you have no right to complain, but looking at things from this viewpoint made Capcom’s choice extremely appealing to me.
Lets be hypothetical for a moment;
Lets say Capcom decided to do DLC (which is obviously expected much sooner than 9 months down the road). They release 6 packs of 2-characters-each, not counting Jill/Shuma, for 10 dollars a pop. Not counting the 8 new stages they’d probably ask you to buy if you were interested (because those don’t affect gameplay), and assuming we get very minimal rebalance tweaks, you are already in the hole $60.
Now, in UMvC3, you get all that for $40, including the stages you might not have purchased, a gameplay rebalance so vast that making it DLC would have been difficult, and who knows what else they’ve packed in on that disc. Getting upset because they are releasing a ton of content (that we asked for) on a disc instead of via DLC (and at an extremely reasonable price) starts to seem silly when you do the math.
On top of this, tournament organizers have had problems in the past with keeping all of their setups up-to-date with DLC. While this is still a problem for Shuma Gorath and Jill, tournaments will have a much easier time with a new disc than they would have if all of this content was DLC.
Had all of this content been DLC, no one would have said “TOO SOON!”. But because we are getting what we wanted on a new disc just nine months down the road, people feel cheated somehow (even though, mathematically, this route saves the customer money).
How do you guys feel about UMvC3′s release date and price based on the above?