Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Permanent Save Debacle Likely Won’t Happen Twice

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Permanent Save Debacle Likely Won’t Happen Twice

The uproar over Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D‘s permanent on cartridge save files has caused Capcom to reconsider doing something quite that stupid in the future.

When you save your game in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS, you’re saving the living shit out of your game. Last week it was revealed that the newly released game featured a permanent save mechanic, which prevents users from ever removing the save data once it is created. This of course raises the issue of buying a used copy of the game with someone else’s save file etched into it, though Capcom says the design decision had nothing to do with putting a kibosh on the secondary market.

What they do say, however, is that this special feature isn’t one they’re likely to try again.

Speaking during Friday’s Ask Capcom Live segment, company VP Christian Svensson assured fans that the strong negative reaction to the bonehead move means we’ll likely never see Capcom pull this sort of crap again.

“I think it’s also fair to say that in light of the controversy it’s generated, I don’t think you’re going to see something like this happening again.”

That’s right. Expect Capcom’s next big restrictive save game mechanic to be completely different than this one. Might I suggest DNA encoding? The kids love DNA encoding.

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  • So I guess people will now hack the 3DS to “delete their save games”.

    Meanwhile I am sure that if capcom realy cared, they could release an update or something that let you delete the saves.

    • Pretty much my thought. Update the game so that players can delete their saves. Then release updated versions of the actual cartridge so that people don’t have to worry about this crap in the future. Was the worst move ever…

  • I hope it cost them sales. Pissing off the people who pay for your games is not the best way to achieve success.

  • “What they do say, however, is that this special feature isn’t one they’re likely to try again.”

    “Special feature”? I still yet to work out the feature part of this idea? Smells to me like something “macintosh” would do to make them more money. I still don’t know what “feature” or advantage this was supposed to give the player originally?

  • wtf is this, now they are the villains for protecting their own assets and reduce losses from the 2nd hand game industry?

  • I don’t think that protecting their assets from the 2nd hand game industry is particularly fair to begin with.

    Can you imagine if you had bought a car and then were told that you were never allowed to sell it? That seems to be the future that Capcom are pushing for.

    • Well, the two commodities aren’t exactly comparable either. A car has a reduced value and in a less-than-perfect condition is quite visibly less efficient compared to a new make. Virtual data does not depreciate in value. Whats stupid is that its not like a 2nd hand copy of the game is unplayable. Everything on the game is replayable.

  • I feel it was an interesting social experiment. It forces you to play the game alot more carefully when you can’t restart the game. If you miss something then that’s it…
    I’d play it, but it’s a bit steep to expect me to pay full price for a game that you cannot replay.

  • the fact that the 3ds has the technology to enable this sort of travesty disturbs me. i guess vita is a safer bet then?

  • I’m seeing un utterly horrible pattern w/ Capcom and their DRM (psuedo DRM) approaches as of late..

    Try something intrusive and stupid. Piss of fans and then relent and fix… repeat and rinse.

    Whoever in the management section who is giving these dumb ideas should be given the boot before they try something insanely stupid that pisses off the fanbase permanently and turns them off from Capcom for good <.<

  • Fun fact, not sure if it’s been reported on yet, but this isn’t the first time Capcom have done this.

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