It’s very apparent that Capcom is putting a lot of time into Resident Evil 6, especially considering that they may have around 600 people working on the game–that’s quite an army of developers! They’re planning on those fancy $1240 leather jackets to help push them into the black, but they’ve found other ways too.
They’ve just announced on their Unity blog, something that I’m sure most of you don’t want to hear: three different retailers will each be receiving an exclusive map for the Mercenaries mode. Although I’m sure that we will all have the opportunity to download the two that we don’t initially get (at $5-10 a pop), that’s not entirely the problem.
What’s going to happen is that we are all going to have problems starting up and continuing our online play sessions with certain people if they don’t happen to have the maps that we do. I already know this will be a problem because I’ve experienced it with other games in the past. When developers release new maps for multi-player games, what usually ends up happening is that those maps aren’t even used. They can’t be put into rotation because the majority simply don’t have them. If you choose the option to only play with people who have those downloadable maps, you might be in for a much longer wait than you’re willing to put up with.
While I can understand that publishers need to give each retailer something unique so that each one can tout that they have something special to offer their consumers, slicing out entire maps from the game is not the way to go. It’s only going to be a detriment to the experience, obviously something none of us want when we’re spending $60-80 on a game.
If Capcom needs to recoup a lot of money for Resident Evil 6, why not make lots of extra costumes to sell for $1-2, or something? Why not sell whacky weapons that can only be used once the game has been beaten? There’s just got to be a better way. Then again, maybe I’m just thinking about it the wrong way. Maybe this is Capcom’s subtle way of saying that they’ve created a game that’s worth $70-80, but they’re only requiring the hardcore fans to pay that premium price. It’s quite the conundrum. Either way, the co-op section of the game would be negatively affected because of the fact that not everyone will have the same maps.
Anyway, sound off in the comments below if this kind of thing irks or doesn’t irk you.
If you’re interested in choosing which part of your game you would like to not be cut out, check out the info below:
The Catacombs– Available exclusively at Gamestop with pre-order of Resident Evil 6
There are more than just enemies lurking in these catacombs. Be weary of booby traps ready to ensnare you around every corner! Are your reflexes quick enough to avoid them?
High Seas Fortress – Available exclusively at Amazon.com with pre-order of Resident Evil 6
An expansive stage that takes you from the deck of an aircraft carrier to the hangars inside. Engage in intense shoot-outs on the deck, but hone your martial arts skills inside the narrow confines of the hangers.
Rail Yard – Available exclusively at Best Buy with pre-order of Resident Evil 6
A multi-level stage in the steel and concrete confines of a railroad yard. Enemies are lurking everywhere, from inside the trains to the roof of the yard. You’ll have to stay on the move to stay alive!