Capcom Denies Used Game Sales Had Anything To Do With ‘Forever Saves’

Capcom Denies Used Game Sales Had Anything To Do With ‘Forever Saves’

The inability to start fresh on a copy of The Mercenaries 3D after someone has played it was a design decision that had nothing to do with second-hand game sales, Capcom tells Kotaku.

Saved data on copies of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is permanent. Since Nintendo 3DS games are saved directly onto the card, that means if a copy of the game is given away or sold used it will include with it all of the achievements, unlocks and scores of previous owners.

Some gamers, unhappy with the design decision, question whether the permanent save is a way to try and reduce used sales of the game. Reached for comment this morning, Capcom denied that used sales had anything to do with the design.

“In Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, all mission progress is saved directly to the Nintendo 3DS cartridge, where it cannot be reset,” a spokesman told Kotaku. “The nature of the game invites high levels of replayability in order to improve mission scores. In addition, this feature does not remove any content available for users. Second-hand game sales were not a factor in this development decision, so we hope that all our consumers will be able to enjoy the entirety of the survival-action experiences that the game does offer.”

This isn’t the first time that Capcom has come up with a creative way to handle save-game data. PlayStation 3 versions of Street Figher IV and Resident Evil 5 lock save files to a console instead of the PSN ID.


  • “Second-hand game sales were not a factor in this development decision”

    No, it was just another gross oversight that we enjoy having with so many of our games.

  • What it really boils down to is if the player has the option to start right back from square one, but even then, their response doesn’t make sense to me. If I want to replay, I just won’t delete my data. Did I do something wrong to have my delete status revoked by Capcom? Do they have such little faith in my ability to resist my machocist temptation to delete data I actually want to keep?

  • The PSN / PS3 save data issue is more critical to me than the Merc saves, as realistically, you can often get games at online stores for the same price or cheaper than second hand here anyways.

    • yes its most likely cheaper to buy online – but say you want to sell/trade it because you’re low on cash or just don’t like the game anymore – this basically makes the resale value close to nil.

  • Capcom’s statement is either a lie or incredibly stupid. Starting from scratch is a method to INCREASE replayability.

    Imagine 5 years later fondly remembering the game and wanting to play it out again. Having no option to start from scratch simply means you’re living in your own shadow. You’d have to be better than your best when the game was new to get a single achievement.

    As it has been often covered, the basis for most games is instant gratification. I can’t see how excluding the option to wipe your stats and start over as being anything other than a deterrent for long term replayability.

    • No, it’s just you. Oh, and anyone else that speaks English.

      They have spectacularly failed to give a rational reason for this decision. Makes me wonder if I really want to buy that new version of Dead Rising 2 after all, if these are the mongrels behind it…

  • The used game market costs publishers a fair quid. Cant blame them for trying to stop it. Cant blame them for bullcrapping about their methods of trying to stop it. Its reality , get over it.

  • This is a fail. I game I was considering buying but not any more. I don’t care how cheap it becomes I’m not supporting a company for pulling a BS stunt like this.

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