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.
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.