Originally Posted by _dementia
Japanese Fighting game makers tend to not play the competition's games.
The Soul Calibur series has had the tournament-friendly button config at the character select screen for years, and the only game to copy that is Blazblue.
Well, what I'm referring to is how most non-Capcom/Namco Japanese fighting game makers don't do this "char unlock" BS at all. To my recollection of at least what I've played, the only game of that sort in my recent memory that did this was Melty Blood: Actress Again (PS2).
So, I'm hoping that if more Japanese fighting game devs REALLY want to get in on this whole char unlock bandwagon, they'll just go with the old way of giving us a code to use, as was alluded as a possibility above.
Of course, if devs like Examu and their console port publishers continue to not give two shits about forcing char unlocks, so much the better.