Capcom is like The Rolling Stones of the video game industry. Both are past their creative primes, but both remain popular in the hearts and minds of their fanbases thanks to an undeniable legacy. Because of this, fans would rather experience older material than blast through more recent attempts at the big stage.
Back in the day, Capcom was a groundbreaking revolutionary act that set the stage for generations of video games with high quality design and the technological knowledge to make its products look oh so good. Recent attempts have petered out with the company no longer operating with the same gusto.
Noticing this trend that people actually like its older stuff, Capcom pledged to make more HD remasters available in the coming year’s in a Q&A on its financial report.
HD remasters of our catalog 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.
I’m all for it. I mean, deep down is in no rush to come out, and I’m not really convinced that Resident Evil 7 will be up to snuff yet. If this means a chance to play some old favorites with a face lift in the meantime, so be it.
What HD remaster would you like to see from Capcom? Dragon’s Dogma with a few tweaks might be a nice upgrade, but I will throw all of my support behind the Onimusha games. Capcom’s excellent PlayStation trilogy would definitely hold up today if given the chance to be free of the tank controls like the Resident Evil HD Remaster was given, and Onimusha 2 would especially have an extra impact thanks to its wildly replayable campaign.
Keep in mind that an HD remaster is different from an HD remake. I want to see Resident Evil 2 given the same treatment as the first game too, but building a remake from the ground up is a totally different prospect than simply boosting the resolution of its resources. What HD remaster do you want to see from Capcom next?