meh. publishers have been selling shortcut DLCs for years, and not just EA. there have been plenty of games, singleplayer or multiplayer, in which you could purchase better in-game equipment for real money (The Godfather, most Need for Speed installments, BF3, Assassin's Creed III, and Codemasters have been selling cheatcodes for over a decade now).
so now instead of purchasing a shortcut DLC in your favourite storefront (Origin, PSN, XBL) you purchase the gear directly in the game. and it's still just as optional as it's always been.
Assassin's Creed III had exactly the same system, and it was a fantastic game. i see no issue.
Also, RE is a franchise that refuses to die even though most people would rather it did.
yeah, that's why the series sells so badly... oh, wait...