Be grateful Resident Evil 5 Versus DLC exists at all

April 12, 2009

Be grateful Resident Evil 5 Versus DLC exists at all Gamers across the globe have been complaining over the speculation that the $5 Versus DLC is just a key code that unlocks content on the disc. Capcom has stated that Versus mode is something the developers came up with after production was well under way. However, many have been accusing Capcom of lying about the nature of the Versus DLC.

Many of our readers have criticized my story from a few days ago where I defended the Versus DLC. I actually didn’t defend the DLC, but stated that considering the history of Resident Evil I would rather pay and have the Versus DLC then not have it at all.

No one ever dreamed that an online multiplayer mode for Resident Evil 5 would be released for the game let alone an online co-op mode, which is really more than anyone expected from the game. There’s no denying it, a game like Resident Evil 5 is complete without an online component like Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. That is why I believe the developers when they indicated that the Versus mode was something that was created later in development.

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On Capcom’s official forum, Christian Svensson, VP of Strategic Planning & Business Development recently confirmed that the DLC does not contain a key but the actual code to execute the Versus mode. He stated, “Keys are 100K or less. It is not a key. We have said in the past, it uses assets from the disc (like levels, models, audio, etc.) but the code is new and does not exist on the disc.”

I don’t know how much more official you can get than a direct confirmation from one of Capcom’s VPs. Gamers should really ease off on criticizing Capcom regarding the Versus mode DLC because it really was a pleasant surprise to even get something like this. The series isn’t exactly known to be a Call of Duty type of game to start with. Gamers should be happy that such a decision was even made. Check out our review of Resident Evil 5 here.

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12 Responses to “Be grateful Resident Evil 5 Versus DLC exists at all”

  1. phranctoast:

    What else comes with this DLC update? I can’t even imagine trying to play a versus mode in RE5 with the stop and aim gameplay.

  2. godsman:

    Imagine if Capcom says you can unlock the 720p HD mode by paying $14.99. Then claims that Resident evil 4 was never in HD. HD is just a plus. No one ever claims that these games PS3/Xbox 360 HAVE to be in HD. It’s common sense. Something small like online multiplayers are supposed to be included. Its something so small, its “expected” that the developers throw them in for free. Now these cheap ass developers keep charging for every little penny.

  3. Mike Ferro:

    @godsman,

    Its all about managing expectations. Everyone expected RE5 to be in HD, but no-one expected an online multiplayer mode.

    No one was complaining that there was no multiplayer mode in RE5 because no on really expected something like this to be there. People like yourself only started complaining after they announced this DLC only recently with a $5 price tag.

    I wouldn’t call an online multiplayer something small. There is a good deal of development associated with optimizing the net code so 4 people can be play together- look at Gears of War, which also has a low player count of 8, yet it still suffered from things like bullet lag and host advantage.

    If the developers went to the heads at Capcom during development and told them that they think they can program the co-op net code to handle 4 people and create an online multiplayer mode – the guys managing the projects and executives have to make the decision to add the extra development time to the project.

    I actually work in software development and I can tell you things like this come up all the time. Managers submit a document outlining estimates (in something like Microsoft Projects) and a budget is granted before the project even starts. However, if additional work creeps up mid project a decision has to be made by management to readjust the original estimate, and that money has to come from somewhere.

    I would rather have companies like Capcom make the decision to bring this kind of value added feature rather than have the execs axe it. It brings us the gamers more options.

  4. darkwhitehair:

    thing is mike…

    lets say you pay $5 for the online multiplayer… you play for a few weeks… how do you know that the online is going to be any good? what about a month from now… when no one is playing it? you would have paid $5 for nothing…

    they could have done this differently… no one expected MGS to have online… till MGO with MGS 4… which was free… and you know how they made money off of that? selling maps…
    I think they came up with two different map packs…

    this way… the guy who plays MGO and doesnt like it… doesnt have to play it… if someone does like it… and sees that there is an active community behind it… then he will pay for the extra maps…

    this is just like the street fighter 4 costumes… which were already available in the arcades… even after seth killian said they wouldnt nickle and dime you… they did…

    you could say “if you dont like it… then dont buy it” but there will always be that asshole who buys it… and that encourages more publishers to fuck with the gamers… like EA did with Battlefield bad company… with their DLC weapons… till sarcastic gamer protested and EA backed out of the pay to buy guns scheme…

  5. Knighthawk:

    What pisses me off is that Capcom sells SF4 for $69 while most games are $59 here in Canada, as to say their software deserves the extra $10. Then they charge me $5.00 for costumes for only 4 characters and the file I downloaded was 118KB! WTF, the code is already on the disk, the 118KB file only unlocks the costumes! Capcom is milking it’s customers! If that content was included with the game then maybe they can justify charging the extra $10 for the game. But then to go and charge extra to unlock code that is already there is just pure greed! People (myself included) only have themselves to blame by paiyng for all this DLC BS!

  6. darkwhitehair:

    giantbomb.com/quick-look-re5-versus-mode/17-417/

    explain this idiots…

  7. Barnabe Jones:

    The game comes with the mercs game. It’s like a starter pack and the DLC expands it with 4 new modes.

    I can pull up the PS Store and find a lot worse examples of nickel and dimming than this.

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I did notice that the XMB invite option doesn’t work for the mercs game. So you can’t invite your friends to play along, like in the normal game.

  8. Arvis:

    But is the versus mode any GOOD?

    -Arvis

  9. Knighthawk:

    “The game comes with the mercs game. It’s like a starter pack and the DLC expands it with 4 new modes.

    I can pull up the PS Store and find a lot worse examples of nickel and dimming than this.

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I did notice that the XMB invite option doesn’t work for the mercs game. So you can’t invite your friends to play along, like in the normal game.”
    @ Barnabe

    Point taken, I actually bought a japenese version of SF4 as the US version was nowhere to be found. Still, many fighting games give you so many unlockables with out all this DLC BS. Also agreed that there is alot of nickel and diming on the PS store. But like I said we only have ourselves to blame if we keep buying it.

  10. Barnabe Jones:

    I haven’t paid for a single add-on yet myself, but enough people must do it. It seems that almost every game coming out lately has some kind of DLC connected to it.

  11. darkwhitehair:

    I JUST GAVE YOU PROOF THAT THE VERSUS MODE ISNT GOOD!

    damnit arvis… cant you read?

  12. Arvis:

    DWH,

    Your link was to a video, which I can’t watch at work. What has that got to do with reading? :|

    SOAK IN YOUR OWN BLOOD! BLOODY HIGH CLAW! *laughs maniacally*

    -Arvis

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