In a recent Japanese Q&A, Capcom has made it clear that their focus going forward will be digitally delivered, high-definition remasters of their hit properties.
For some perspective, this development comes after the Japanese publisher posted their lowest their lowest revenue totals in over ten years.
The news also comes hot on the heels of the company’s recent Resident Evil HD remaster bringing in some rather decent sales numbers.
Indeed as of this writing, not only was Resident Evil HD the fastest selling digital release in the history of PSN, but it also smashed the one million sales mark back in April.
“HD remasters of our catalogue hit titles will be one of our key business activities,” the company said. “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.”
Remastered versions of existing titles can be good way for companies such as Capcom to return to profit as they can produced at little cost, (more so if as Capcom have done, these releases are available on digital distribution platforms only) and ensure jobs while tapping into new aduidences who missed them the first time and encouraging previous players to indulge their nostalgia.
Source: Capcom via MCV