Last week Capcom announced a whole boatload of information about SSFIV:AE for PC, but pretty much the only thing anyone cared about was the clunky DRM system included in the package. If you were playing in offline mode, you wouldn’t be able to save any progress in challenges or settings, have no access to DLC and for some reason will only have access to 15 characters. 15 out of 39 characters? That sounds more like a demo than a game you’ve bought and paid to play. Well, after a massive outburst by fans, today Capcom announced they would remove these restrictions. Of course you won’t be able to play online while you’re in offline mode (unless you’re some sort of internet wizard), but all 39 characters will be available.
While the lock will still be present upon purchase of the game, an update shortly after or possibly at launch will remove the limitations of offline mode.
We’ve complained about Capcom’s DRM in the past, so it’s good to see them finally starting to respond to the criticism from their fans. Is Capcom actually realizing that DRM that hurts legitimate users more than pirates doesn’t help them in any way? Only time will tell, but this is certainly a good sign for gamers everywhere.