Epic's Cliff Bleszinski says that the existence of on-disc DLC is an ugly truth of the gaming industry” that won't change until the transition to digital.
The subject of on-disc DLC was thrust into the limelight again recently when Capcom admitted that DLC for Street Fighter X Tekken is already contained on the game disc.
When you're making a game, and you're getting into a ship cycle, there's often three or four months where the game is basically done,” Bleszinski told GameStop.
And you have an idle team that needs to be working on things. Often for compatibility issues, day one, some of that content does need to be on-disc. It's an ugly truth of the gaming industry.
If we can get to fully downloadable games, then you can just buy a $30 horror game and just have it, and that stuff will thankfully go away.”