Capcom Gearing Up for More HD Remakes
According to Destructoid, Capcom is going to focus on streamlining its HD remasters and remakes. This is due to the success of its recent current-gen re-releases and its blockbuster titles, such as Resident Evil 6, not hitting their projected sales targets. Capcom's board must have realized it's more profitable to upgrade a last-gen game to current-gen standards and release it at a slightly cheaper price than to dedicate resources and gamble on AAA titles. Resident Evil Revelations 2's episodic release format and Capcom's recently remastered games are signs that the company is in the midst of change. Capcom representatives note that they're aiming for more aggressive digital download sales activities due to the dwindling number of store/sales area limitations when it comes to remastered titles and re-releases.
While this is likely to generate more profit with the company via smaller investments, this sort of mindset is hurting the PS4 and Xbox One scene, as re-releases are starting to outnumber the consoles' original titles.
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition will be digitally launching next month, and a remastered version of Resident Evil Zero is supposedly in the works. This would make sense since Resident Evil Zero used the same engine of the 2002 Resident Evil remake, which was remastered earlier this year.
Here's what Capcom representatives had to say about this upcoming venture:
HD remasters of our catalogue hit titles will be one of our key business activities. 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.
Mind you, this is the same company that re-released Street Fighter IV a bunch of times (with a current-gen version coming out this month) and is notoriously known for having on-disc day-one paid/premium DLC, so we're not entirely surprised.
Here's what we really want, Capcom: a remake of Resident Evil 2 and a remake/HD remaster of the Onimusha trilogy (we don't really count Dawn of Dreams).