If you were planning on buying a copy of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D second hand or borrowing it from a mate when they're done with it, it's probably a good idea to think again.
Capcom are preventing users from deleting their saved games. Further, there's only one save slot; once you've done something, it stays done. Forever.
Whether this is in reaction to the gamer hate crime that is the "second hand game sales are equivalent to piracy" argument that some publishers like to wave around, completely ignoring the fact that no other industries seem to have an issue with resale of their produce, is unclear.
Need proof? NeoGAF poster "Vyse The Legend" posted this image from the game's manual:
Hot on the heels of the news that the PC version of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition will remain locked up tight unless the user is under the constant internet supervision of Big Brother Capcom, it seems likely that this "feature" is intended to increase profits rather than provide any kind of benefit to the consumer.
In a statement to Eurogamer this morning, a Capcom spokesperson refuted the suggestion that the feature would impact the title's second hand value.
"The game's value at second-hand in the UK is not affected by whether or not the game can have its data reset," Capcom said.
"Customers in the UK will not experience a reduced second-hand value should they wish to trade in their purchase."
Do you agree with Capcom? Does it even matter to you? Let us know in the comments!