EDIT: The below was a misinterpretation of the steam store page, I still hope it is altered to better inform customers. The characters do not require you to pay to receive them and can be unlocked through play in game.
I really am not happy about seeing the DLC already locking away characters. I feel like the only chance this game has, is if it is well balanced and competitive and you aren’t going to get that by locking characters away.
I am truly looking forward to your game, I have already paid for it even, but making us pay for more characters on top of 60 dollars thinks it will drive people away. I wouldn’t even mind paying 20 for dlc characters if it weren’t for the fact that I think it will hemorrhage players who are not going to want to spend 80 dollars to play. On top of that, lets be honest, if this becomes a big hit and is sustainable, 6 months down the line we would see more characters to buy. This is not a very good model for a game that you already paid for. You are blurring the lines between full game and micro transactions with the DLC. Sure many other games have done it, and many other games have it set up so that when you play with friends you would get dropped out of the game if it went to something you had and they didn’t. Not a fun experience.
Last but not least, I feel like the game has so little hype right now and that worries me. It also worries me that there is so much talk about the PvE. Unless it is going to be somehow mandatory to the PvP, it is unlikely that many players will ever look at it. This is no longer the realm of Borderlands and the marketing doesn’t seem to realize.
Evolve. Another dead game that wanted you to pay for extra DLCs. A game that was all but dead after a week. At least I got 91 hours in, during the beta for my 100 dollars…