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Capcom explain Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D save file issue

"Secondhand sales were not a factor"

Capcom didn't factor in secondhand game sales when taking the decision to deny gamers the opportunity to reset their game save files in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D.

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Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is released for 3DS tomorrow and Capcom has released a statement to explain the save file situation.

"In Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, all mission progress is saved directly to the Nintendo 3DS cartridge, where it cannot be reset. The nature of the game invites high levels of replayability, encouraging fans to improve mission scores. The save mechanic ensures that both original and unlocked game content will be available to all users.

"Secondhand game sales were not a factor in this development decision, and we hope that all our consumers will be able to enjoy the entirety of the survival-action experiences that the game does offer."

According to Capcom, the arcade-style gameplay lends itself to this save system. "There was no intention of lessening the experience of the game. "Essentially Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D was treated like an arcade fighting game. You unlock characters, levels, etc and they just stay unlocked as they would in an arcade machine. There was no hidden motive to prevent buying used copies. It's not some secret form of DRM. It's simply the way we designed the save system to work with the arcade type of gameplay."

Capcom then explained what this means for anyone hoping to buy a secondhand copy of the game. "Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D consists of 30 time-based missions, through which the player unlocks skill upgrades as they progress through the game. Anyone purchasing a copy of the game secondhand would have access to all the missions and skills that the original owner unlocked, in addition to the content that was available to the original user."

What do you think of Capcom's decision? Let us know by commenting below.

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D comes with a Resident Evil Revelations demo. Here's our Resident Evil Revelations demo video

[ Source: NintendoEverything ]


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  1. Riverlution Thursday 30th Jun 2011 at 10:36

    How hard would it have been to give users the choice -_-~

    I won't be purchasing this until it reaches the Ł20 new region.

  2. GuitarHero Thursday 30th Jun 2011 at 10:42

    I'm not that bothered, I don't sell on games anyway.

  3. MD1500 Thursday 30th Jun 2011 at 10:59

    Could be handy for collectors.
    A mint copy of the game without a save file could be worth something in a few years.

  4. wilp94 Thursday 30th Jun 2011 at 10:59

    I don't see why people are making such a big deal over it. I couldn't care less...

  5. Laughlyn Thursday 30th Jun 2011 at 11:30


    That has to be one the most pathetic excuses i've heard on the whole 2nd hand market issue. Anyone believes their story is an idiot. For once when during an interview and a company comes out with stuff, i'd LOVE it if the person doing interview just came out n said 'sorry mate, thats just bull. Just admit you dont want follk trading game in'
    Games mags need to start being realistic with companies and not just laying praise on them and being force fed the crap they spiel. Games companies are starting to force more control over how we deal with games and play our games that folk shoul dstart giving it comapnies straight talkin feedback

  6. Dan-the-Wii-man Thursday 30th Jun 2011 at 11:37

    thats a bit rubbish partly because of the 2nd hand issue (i may well have waited for a 2nd hand copy to save money) but also because sometimes i like to restart games again. they should have let people choose and its a stupid idea because alot of people arent even going to notice how you cant reset the save file! i seriously doubt that itll make it feel "more like an arcade game" atall

  7. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 30th Jun 2011 at 12:19

    Can I have the game half price then please Capcom?
    As a lot of retailers are refusing to trade-in the game or give you a pittance for it.
    I will probably get it but I do think this is a cheeky step from Capcom,What I hope they don't do again.
    I mean if they have multiple save files(3-6 would've been nice) and still decided to stop players deleting their data.

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