June 29th, 2011, 23:25 Posted By: wraggster
Capcom has caused quite a stir around the world with its decision to utilise a permanent save file system in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D.
The firm has oddly issued a statement to 'confirm' "the game's value at second hand in the UK is not affected by whether or not the game can have its data reset," adding, "Customers in the UK will not experience a reduced second-hand value should they wish to trade in their purchase."
But that's seemingly not entirely true. UK retailer HMV has confirmed to VG247 that it will stock the anticipated 3DS game, but it will not be accepting trade-ins from those looking to sell it on.
Meanwhile EB Games Australia has confirmed that it won't be stocking the game on shelves at all, as rumours had previously suggested, but will allow customers to make special orders. "It was a decision made with our customers in mind. Considering the amount of people that trade, return and lend their games to their mates it does affect a majority of our customers," said an EB rep on the store's official Facebook page.
They added, "If you would like to purchase it with us then of course we will sell it to you, it will be a case of an order with our store. We made the tough decision to remove it from sale because we have everybody's best interests in mind, and don't feel its fair that you guys would be paying $60 for what is essentially a one use game."
Meanwhile in US, GameStop banned trade-ins before swiftly reversing its decision, seemingly with some coercing from Capcom. "GameStop did ask the U.S. store base to stop accepting trades on Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D as we evaluated the save system for the game," a rep told IGN, adding, "Upon further review of the process with our publisher partner, Capcom, GameStop will resume taking trades on the game effective Wednesday, June 29."
Capcom has insisted that "second hand game sales were not a factor in this development decision" to use a permanent save file, adding that customers "will be able to enjoy the entirety of the survival-action experiences that the game does offer."
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