Remastered versions of games are all the rage this generation, with titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Last of Us releasing to massive sales. This has prompted developers and publishers across the industry to pump out their own remastered versions of their titles at an increasingly accelerated rate.
Capcom is particularly well known for their remasters. In all actuality, they may even be considered pioneers of the concept, as they have constantly re-released their titles each generation, across a multitude of gaming platforms. Games from the Mega Man and Resident Evil franchises have been particularly susceptible to being remastered over and over again.
Those that may be sick of all these remasters may not like this news, but those out there that enjoy revisiting their favorite games in an enhanced format will be glad to hear this. During an recent investor’s call, Capcom has confirmed that these remasters will be a major component in their business moving forward, saying, “HD remasters of our catalogue hit titles will be one of our key business activities.”
Don’t expect many boxed versions of these remasters, however. Capcom plans on releasing the vast majority of them through digital marketplaces. Capcom’s reasoning behind this is that by selling the games digitally, they are able to release them at lower prices, and that there are a decreasing amount of physical stores wherein they can actually sell their games to begin with. It’s also worth noting that digital sales allow Capcom to maximize profit potential, as they won’t have to deal with the added costs associated with retail.
It’s not surprising that Capcom is making HD remasters a major part of their development plans moving forward. Resident Evil HD Remaster, for example, sold 1 million units, and accomplished a number of other goals as well. The game is the fastest-selling day one digital title in the history of the PlayStation Network, and it’s also the fastest-selling digital title in the history of the company in western markets. Considering the fact that these HD remasters are low risk, don’t require nearly as much development time as original titles, and can be major financial successes such as is the case with Resident Evil HD Remaster, focusing on remasters is a no-brainer.
Sometimes these remasters are more than just graphical upgrades, and can result in overall better experiences. Capcom put out a remastered version DmC: Devil May Cry just a couple of months back, with a numerous tweaks meant to address the widespread fan complaints about that particular game. They are returning to the Devil May Cry well in June as well, with plans on releasing a remastered version of Devil May Cry 4 on new-gen systems and PC with enhanced functionality.
Even though we will see more HD remasters from Capcom now, they will still be developing original games as well. In fact, a research company has determined that a brand new Resident Evil game could release as soon as the end of 2015, and they’ve already released titles like Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and Monster Hunter 4 within the past year.
Capcom’s next HD remaster, Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition will release on June 23rd for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Remastered versions of Resident Evil and DmC: Devil May Cry are already available across multiple platforms.