Every so often, a game company will make a mistake. Whether it be rushing to get a new game out and the release being incomplete, or promoting a title that can’t measure up (Homefront), or even simply making a promise they can’t keep (Fable). Mistakes have and will continue to be made. Many agree that Capcom‘s decision to make it so players were not able to delete their Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D save files was a pretty big mistake, but those people will be happy to know that such a decision probably won’t be made again.
Capcom’s US president Christian Svensson addressed the complaints fans had made about the save system, and explained the thought process behind it a little better. He said that it was never meant to decrease the selling of used games, despite all the theories saying the opposite. The intent was to make the game feel more like an old-school arcade game, with all the content you unlock staying unlocked, like with the arcade cabinets. That was the only reason behind it, so that it fit with the arcade-style gameplay.
However, he admitted that, because of all the complaints and backlash they received from the fans, they probably won’t be doing something like this again. So, you can take comfort in the fact that your voices were heard by the bigwigs at Capcom, even if it doesn’t save Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D from any negative feedback it may receive.
Still, this shouldn’t take away from one’s enjoyment of the game too much. A strange system for saving your game doesn’t change how the game itself plays, and an arcade-based title can still be mindless fun if one lets it be. And maybe that was the intent behind the game, just pure fun, without too much thought behind it. That was probably what Svensson meant behind the content staying unlocked, though he forgot to mention that arcade cabinets could be reset by the arcade owners. Which sort of defeats his argument.
Will you still give this game a try? Is there any truth behind Svensson’s statement on the intent of the save system?
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is out now for the Nintendo 3DS.