Capcom has confirmed that it plans to prioritize HD remasters of its games in the future.
News of this comes from a recent Q&A session, where Capcom stated that digital HD remasters have been an unexpected success for the company.
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.”
Capcom specifically pointed to the success of Resident Evil’s HD Remaster, which was confirmed to have sold over a million copies as proof that there is value in the company re-releasing its older games on new platforms.
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.”
Along with the Resident Evil remaster, Capcom has released the Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry, and plans to release a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of Devil May Cry 4.