Downloadable Content (or DLC) is game content that is not packaged with the original game release but can be downloaded later for use in the game. DLC can be free or not depending on the decisions made by the company issuing the DLC.
DCL on the console began with the Sega Dreamcast and is in common use today. Some popular types of DLC found in fighting games include:
- Additional fighters
- Additional character costumes or colors
- Additional game modes
- Game patches used to fix bugs or balance rosters.
An alterate practice of on-disk DLC is where the developers included the content within the game during the initial release but have access to the contect locked away in order to allow the content to be unlocked at a later time for a fee. Some of these games include: