Throughout the history of gaming, ever since we first started using memory cards, one of the hallmarks of single player games have been the ability to replay them. But not anymore, as Capcom has now dropped the bomb with the recently released Resident Evil: The Mercenaries fro the Nintendo 3DS. In the latest Resident Evil title, players can no longer replay the game. Now this is a little misleading, players can replay individual levels for score, but as a whole, the experience can not be replayed. The first thing you’re probably thinking right now is because Capcom does not want people to resell the game, as publishers and developers make no money on this transaction. Check after the jump for Capcom’s official statement.
“Secondhand 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,” Capcom said in a statement released to Giant Bomb.
“In Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, all mission progress is saved directly to the Nintendo 3DS cartridge, where it cannot be reset. 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.”
That’s what Capcom is saying, but that seems unlikely given the circumstances. Still, it’s understandable that the industry has recent gone in the way of curbing used game sales, as Gamestop has dominated that market for a long time now. However, it may be better if the industry does this in a more gradual way rather than use drastic measures such as DRM and remove replayability value like this.