Going forward, Capcom’s gonna keep on looking backward. HD remasters will become an even more significant part of Capcom’s business from here on out, according to a recent Q&A with the company’s investors.
Resident Evil HD Remaster launched in January, DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Editionshipped in March, and Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition is coming in June. Not to mention Ultra Street Fighter 4 will hit PS4 on May 26, which kinda meets the “HD remaster” criteria, depending on your definition. Either way, that’s already a pretty substantial calendar, and it sounds like we should expect more in the future.
“HD remasters of our catalogue hit titles will be one of our key business activities,” Capcom explained in the Q&A. “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.”
As long as Dino Crisis is somewhere on that pile, and we can someday enjoy shooting rockets at raptors in crisp HD, it will all be worth it.