For a long time, Capcom’s been one of my favourite development houses and publishers. Even before they gave me my beloved Street Fighter 2, they entertained me with Final Fight, 1942, Knights of the Round – and after Street Fighter 2? Gems like Resident Evil, Breath of Fire, Aliens vs. Predator, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Dino Crisis and Devil May Cry. They have an incredible library of great games, like a giant sack of Christmas toys. And they’ll be dipping their hands in to that sack, polishing up whatever they haul out, and give it to you again. Yes, Capcom’s making HD remasters a big part of its business.
“HD remasters of our catalogue hit titles will be one of our key business activities,” Capcom explained in a Q&A. “Overseas, it is becoming difficult to sell these lower-priced and re-mastered titles at stores because of the declining number of stores and sales area limitations. Therefore, we started aggressive digital download sales activities.
“These activities created new demand for these titles. For example, overseas download sales of Resident Evil (HD Remastered) in the past fiscal year were far higher than we expected. It is not a risk[,] but rather the growth of the download sales channel gives users more options. We regard this as growth in opportunities to have allow access for more people to enjoy our games.”
As much as we all moan about remasters, I’d be okay with this is f they’re of decidedly older games. I picked up the remake of Resident Evil, and though I’ve not really played it much, it made me rather happy to see it spiffed up like that. That HD Remaster became the fastest selling digital title in PSN’s history,
And I’d love for Capcom to give other games similar makeovers; especially some of its less well-loved properties like Dino Crisis. I’d not say no to a well-made remaster of Resident Evil 2, either. Going back? I’d stab Darryn for an HD collection of Capcom’s arcade beat-em ups, and I’d sell me own mum for the rest of the Mega Man games to get the Powered-Up and Maverick Hunter X treatment.[interaction id=”555b0f2885fa298e445c0b19″]
Last Updated: May 19, 2015