Capcom has teased remaking older titles in the future. Damn it, Capcom. You sure know how to make a man excited.
The possibility of future remakes was teased during Capcoms first-quarter consolidated financial reports conference. During a conversation about Capcoms financial performance throughout the year and the expected sales numbers for Resident Evil 2, Capcom discussed exploring other IP’s that may be remade in the future. “Regarding remakes and re-releases of titles in our back catalogue, we expect to explore these further with a variety of properties as a part of our strategy to utilize our library of IP.”
From a business perspective, Capcom’s enthusiasm at the idea of remaking or re-releasing older titles makes a lot of sense. Remakes and re-releases have been a very profitable endeavour for other developers and publishers. The main reason behind this is the minimal financial commitment needed to update these games for modern systems. Alongside this, developers and publishers tend to remake titles that already have a secure and passionate fan base, which is easier to market to compared to a new IP. Capcom has already explored this with their re-releases of Dead Rising 1 and 2, and Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6, just to name a few.
Unlike other developers, Capcom has also remade games from the ground up instead of simply porting a title with a nicer coat of paint. The remake of the original Resident Evil was a fresh take on a classic title and the Resident Evil 2 Remake is one of the most anticipated titles of the modern console generation. Both these titles have added unique content and gameplay mechanics that differentiate them from the originals. These remakes tend to create a higher level of anticipation and excitement compare to ports, though they also run the risk of alienate fans if too many changes are implemented.
Capcom has many iconic franchises and titles that are in desperate need of a modern take. Whether they decide to port these titles onto modern hardware or remake them from the ground up is yet to be seen. Even though some people are sick of developers and publishers re-releasing older games, I can’t help but get excited about the possibility of exploring older titles I never had the chance to play.