Capcom's Christian Svensson has rejected suggestions that the premium Versus mode for Resident Evil 5 is a scam.
"Whenever we do PDLC, that content exists with its own budgets, its own profit and loss analysis with its own forecasts. If it didn't, that extra content wouldn't have been put into production, because it did not fit within the production budget of the base product," Svensson, who is a biz-dev vice president for the US arm of the company, wrote on the Capcom-Unity forum (thanks Kotaku).
Earlier in the post he described the negative response to the Versus announcement as "BS". "RE5 is well worth every penny of USD 60. A huge game, with tons of replay value, loads of unlockables, new weapons, co-op, mercenaries mode, etc. If any game warrants its price point, it's RE5," he wrote.
"Prior to the announcement of the Versus mode, no one complained they weren't getting their money's worth with the initial release because it packs TONS of value because it is an amazing game.
"So if people were already satisfied with what the package had, when we offer MORE, why is it people feel they've been somehow cheated? If you don't find value in our secondary offerings, the choice is simple, don't purchase it. If you do find it valuable (and we hope you do) please do buy it and enjoy it."
Svensson also said that the Versus mode is not finished and waiting somewhere on the disc to be unlocked as some had speculated.
The Versus pack is due out on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network in the next few weeks, and includes two competitive modes - Slayer's Rule, where you take out zombies for points, and Survivor's Rule, where you take each other out. Both modes support up to four players, and will cost 400 Microsoft Points (GBP 3.40 / EUR 4.80) on Live and GBP 3.99 / EUR 4.99 on PSN.