The fantastic Resident Evil GameCube remake that came out in 2002 is getting the remaster treatment. Capcom has announced that they will be remastered the game for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
As for what this remaster will be doing for the 2002 game, the game is being upgraded to 1080p on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, will have enhanced 3D models and textures, and will contain 5.1 surround sound. The game will also allow you to switch between the game’s original 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9.
Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be launching next month, and now Capcom has revealed some more information about the upcoming fighting game that includes training lobbies and offline replays.
Capcom employee with the username Dawgtanian posted the following on the Capcom Blog:
“First up is the Training Mode Fight Request feature. This allows you to practice in Training Mode whilst you wait for new challengers online. No more sitting in lobbies, or completing Arcade Mode over and over, stay warmed up and practice combos in between online matches!”
He then goes on to discuss the replay feature:
“Secondly, have you ever been playing offline with your friends and wished you were able to go back and watch a replay of a particular match? Well now you can, with the Offline Battle Log! Once enabled, your offline matches will be automatically archived, and you can replay them back like you would with your favourite online matches.”
Ultra Street Fighter 4 is in development by Capcom for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. It releases for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in June digitally for $29.99, and the PC version debuts in August along with physical copies for the console versions.
According to a report from the Sankeifinancial news paper, there’s a possibility of Capcom revealing Resident Evil 7 at this year’s E3. There is no way to confirm this, but the newspaper is a reliable source.
It’s also worth noting that Capcom recently announced that they will be showing off a new game at this year’s E3, so if these two pieces of information are linked then it could very well be the return of Resident Evil.
The last Resident Evil game was Resident Evil 6 which came out in 2012 and was met with very negative reviews.
Condemn (OR) Condone:
I really hope that Capcom does reveal a new Resident Evil game, but I also hope they have taken the opportunity to bring the series back to its roots. If E3 comes around and we’re met with another crap fest that the series has been known for as of late, then count me out. However, its my optimistic thinking that Capcom is stepping up to the plate, and thus my judgment isStrongly Condone.
Capcom‘s Senior Vice President of Marketing Michael Patton has gone on record saying that the next iteration of Resident Evil will go back to the style of gameplay that core fans of the series know and love. Speaking with MCV, he said that they have listened to both fan and PR responses to Resident Evil 6, and will use that criticism to fix the series. Continue reading →
Capcom has announced that it is lowering the sales expectations of its current big-name titles, and blaming their lack of quality on outsourcing. They mentioned an “insufficient coordination between the marketing and game development divisions in overseas markets” as one of several reasons for the disappointing sales figures that they’re receiving for both Resident Evil 6 and DmC: Devil May Cry.
Capcom now expects Resident Evil 6 to sell 4.9 million copies, which is down from 5 million with original sales estimates being 7 million copies. DmC: Devil May Cry is now projected to sell 1.15 million copies, which is down from its original expectation of 2 million copies.
In light of the recent decline in its game sales, Capcom has warned of a “special loss” in its business as part of a 7.2 billion yen (£48 million/$73 million) restructuring. Because of this process, Capcom will “strictly” re-evaluate some currently unannounced games in production.
At the very least, I’m happy that Capcom is admitting that there are problems and is willing to take a big hit to try and fix them. The Resident Evil series has been in a decline for a while now, and the most recent iterations have been huge disappointments. They need to get back to the survival horror roots rather than focusing on action and big explosions. Having a more focused production rather than all this outsourcing I think would definitely help steer the company back in the right direction.
It’s unfortunate about the low sales for DmC: Devil May Cry, as I have played it and think it is a great reboot that still feels very much like Devil May Cry while also introducing many new things to make it fresh. This is what happened with 2005’s Resident Evil 4, but unfortunately that was also the beginning of the end as that success brought a focus on the more action-oriented elements of the game.
Fans know when they are being shortchanged and being given a product that is well below the series’ standards. These games are $60 a pop, and even for a fantastic game that is an expense that not a whole lot of people are thrilled with. Now, given the fact that these current games have been lackluster, most people are waiting for price-drops if they even buy the games at all. Bring back the quality that you have brought before, and you will most certainly bring the fans back.