Capcom has been going to the frivolous downloadable content well quite a lot lately, but the company's newly announced expansion for Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 goes above and beyond ridiculous. The game's first set of DLC is coming next week, and while the various incarnations of Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs Capcom 3 asked players to kick in more money for alternate costumes, Street Fighter III is offering extra color palettes for a fee.
“Color Pack 1” will be launching next week, on September 6th/7th. The price for this is $2.99, and buying this one pack will add 7 new colors for each character! The colors are available in pretty much all modes, but can’t be seen by people who haven’t purchased the DLC. (Also, we weren’t able to save the color palettes in replay files, so please be aware of that.)
Capcom has nickel-and-dimed its customers far too much with its fighting games over the years, but this Color Pack 1 is really absurd. $3 for extra colors is even more of an insult than overpriced DLC costumes and characters. There's been talk that this generation's DLC consists mostly of content that used to be included in the base game for no additional charge, but I believe that extra color palettes are a textbook example of content that used to be free and really should remain free. Also, take note that this is apparently the first Color Pack, too. There will surely be others on the way for an additional cost. It's disgusting and I strongly encourage everyone not to buy into this insult. Show Capcom once and for all that we won't stand for this kind of treatment.