Have you ever had that dreaded feeling when you deleted your save game data by accident, or overwritten it? Well, Capcom intends to introduce a built-in safety feature to prevent that from happening – you can no longer erase or reset saved data in their upcoming Nintendo 3DS title, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Yup, this means all skill points and mission scores which you picked up along the way will remain on the cartridge – at least until the flash memory in there fails to work.
Some of you might applaud this move, but as there are always two sides to a coin, so does this particular gambit by Capcom. Some gamers have cried foul of the situation, claiming that Capcom’s actual reason behind this move is to curtail the used game market. Let’s face it – if you do not have the ability to delete previously saved games, what’s the point of purchasing it second hand? You might as well start from a clean slate, which means buying a new, unopened game. Seems to be an immature move to me if that is the case – you don’t see vehicle manufacturers restricting their cars to be driven exclusively by just one person, do you?
GameFly has responded by reclassifying the game as “Not Rentable”, and Capcom themselves released a statement promising that “secondhand game sales were not a factor in this development decision.” We wonder whether other game companies will follow suit…
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