What is going on here?!
Here's something I agree with entirely! Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada feels that unlockable characters in fighting games are a bit old & busted. Truth!
In a translated interview with VideoGamer.com, Harada-san shares his feelings on the fighting genre staple:
“Why we locked the characters originally was that in the arcades, it was kind of to extend the life of the game by gradually unlocking characters. And also with the home versions as well, because you can rent games or whatever, it was to protect us against that. That’s kind of outdated now though, especially with online play. If we were to have locked characters it would irritate a lot of people, to be playing against others online and to not have all the characters available. So I think it’s no longer useful.”
It took hours upon hours to unlock all of the characters in Street Fighter IV. Many players still don't even have Seth unlocked. Thankfully, Tekken 6's roster of 40 characters will be completely unlocked as soon as the game is booted when it is released on October 27, 2009.
Even Capcom is beginning to realize this as every character will be unlocked at the start for the upcoming XBLA and PSN re-release of Marvel vs. Capcom 2.