If you somehow haven’t had your fill of remastered games yet, than Capcoms latest Q&A at its financial briefing will be music to your ears.
When asked about HD remasters (specifically, competition between physical/digital downloads), Capcom stated that not only will we be seeing more HD remasters, but that they are a “key business activity” moving forward.
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.
The company already has another remaster planned for next month; Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition will drop on June 23, so only time will tell just how high the demand for these remastered games are. Personally, I could do without so many, but it’s becoming very clear that nostalgia sells.
Regardless of what you might think about remastered games, Capcom seems to be headstrong in bringing more out. Their re-release of the original Resident Evil broke PlayStation Network records and sold incredibly well across pretty much every platform, so you can’t exactly blame them for thinking more remasters will bring in more money.
What do you think about Capcoms decision to have remastered games as one of its key business activities? Are you excited for any particular re-release? Sound off below!