The issue of games with locked framerates is a touchy one, depending on who you talk to. If the game in question is on PC, well, odds are you're going to get a lot of grief from players who want to get the most from their high-end hardware. Unfortunately for Capcom, it was recently revealed that the Okami HD PC port will be locked to 30fps, much to the chagrin of fans looking forward to its December 13 release.
A Steam user by the handle of "iRumy3" made a post on Okami HD's discussion forum, containing a link to the below image:
The screenshot is a message from Capcom community manager "wbacon", which confirms that Okami HD's framerate is locked to 30 frames per second, primary because the title exhibited problems with "game logic, collision detection and [animation] speed in certain areas".
It goes on to mention that addressing these issues would require a "Hurculean [sic] effort" involving "trial and error".
Understandably, the statement caused a bit of a stir.
That said, Okami HD plays well enough from what we've seen, so it's debatable the lock will have much of a negative effect on gameplay.
The reality is bringing old games to new platforms isn't always straightforward and while we can curse the original developers for not thinking ahead far enough, sometimes you have to make do with what you have.
[Steam, via DSO Gaming]