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Capcom Admits It Can't 'Sugarcoat' Its Revelaitons Typo

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Avoids comment on Mega Man Legends 3 cancellation

It may have been the first major 3DS title of 2012, but the North American release of Resident Evil Revelations was affected by the horrifying Revelaitons typo. It caused much mirth around the internet as reviewers posted photos of the offending box-art, as well as the strange scenario of some gamers actually voicing a preference for copies with the wrong spelling.

In an interview with Game Informer, Capcom's SVP of planning and business development Christian Svensson admitted that it had been an embarrassing incident, though managed to see the funny side.

For Resident Evil: Revelations, I can’t even tell you how many people looked at that package and approved it. Nintendo of America, Nintendo Japan, ESRB, I don’t know how many people internally, and our guys in Japan. I can’t come up with an excuse for it. It just happened. We’re not happy about it.

There are new processes that were put in place that involve people outside the company. We’ve redefined who has final say over packaging. I’m cautiously optimistic we won’t be seeing this happen again. It’s embarrassing. I can’t really sugarcoat it.

There are only about 90,000 units that have the misprint. If you’ve got it and it’s shrink-wrapped, that’s a new special edition, that’s our new strategy. [laughs]

Svensson also discussed the positives and negatives of fan involvement in development processes, with reference to Mega Man Legends 3.

The transparency and involvement from the fans, it turned out to be a double-edged sword. In the end it’s still something I want to do more of. I don’t think we as an industry do enough of it. Being that transparent, unfortunately, opens the wounds much greater when something bad happens. I wouldn’t have changed that.

As for the decision to not move forward with the project, I’d prefer to not comment on that.

It's unsurprising that no comment was given about the title's cancellation, but what do you think of Svensson's comments on fan participation? Should it be something that major developers try in future projects?

[via gameinformer.com]

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User Comments (35)

Undead_terror

#2

Undead_terror said:

who should care?...really people dont buy the game to look at the case for hours on end,once i buy a game i look at the case for a few minutes then puts it away and wouldnt look at it again for months or more,and if they did managed to give out new copies with the right spelling then the case could become rare in many years to come

eviLaTtenDant

#3

eviLaTtenDant said:

I guess the Revelaitons typo did help them to sell a few more copies or at least make these 90.000 units sell faster. It's nothing i can get worked up over.

With the right prizes and if i had an idea that blew my own mind i might take part in describing or designing my ideas. I didn't play a MML game before so i didn't see how i could have contributed in this case.
It's difficult to judge where fan participation is appropriate though. I mean if Nintendo wanted my design ideas for a Mario or Zelda game it would seem a bit desperate to me.
I also don't care what kind of ideas are used in a game. If they're good it doesn't matter to me if they're from fans or the devs 'emselves.

Zach

#4

Zach said:

I think the biggest problem with Mega Man Legends 3 was the non-transparency of it. It looked revolutionary and interactive, but mixed messages — like hearing through a press release that a beta would come to the eShop upon its opening, then hearing through a Q&A (I think) that the game wasn't even green-lit by Capcom — speak volumes, and show that they were not 100% forthcoming on their side. I think if we'd known more about the struggles the team was clearly going through, in the best case scenario the fans would have come through and gathered grassroots support like they're doing now, and in the worst case scenario, we would have seen the cancellation coming instead of it feeling like a slap in the face.

Dashtag

#5

Dashtag said:

Get over it, man. And fire that dummy that made a typo-if you have to.Sheesh.

Azaris

#6

Azaris said:

Ugh why is he appolgizing for mispelling when he never once did so for canceling a game...

mikeman-m

#8

mikeman-m said:

probably in the future a copy of the game with the typo could be a sort of collectors item

Birthday_Boy

#10

Birthday_Boy said:

@Jumbif It shows Capcom's recent carelessness streak. Capcom hasn't been doing good outside of their products. By that I mean they are doing really good when shipping great games, but they are making the overall company look bad, with careless acts like this. However they already have 3 great games selling well within 2012. (Revelaitions, Asura's Wrath, Street Fighter X Tekken and Operation Raccoon City comes out next week)

fredtoy

#11

fredtoy said:

@mikeman-m That's what I think. In 10 years this version will be sold for a small fortune on eBay. People who whined about it now will brag about having a collector's item.

bboy2970

#12

bboy2970 said:

Ya know, I had originally ordered 2 copies of Revelations in order to get 2 games with the typo as well as 2 of the pre-order bonus case from GameStop. My plan was to dell one game and one case to try and recoup all of the money but after reading this....I think I'm gonna keep my sealed "Revelaitons" copy. Less than 100,000 isn't a lot and I can see this easily becoming a rare piece in the future which is important to me since I collect video game memorabilia. Still selling one of the cases though, nothing special about them! :D

LordJumpMad

#13

LordJumpMad said:

I wonder if my copy of Resident Evil Revelations has a typo.
I will never trade it in, its worth money when their a mistake on it.

brandonbwii

#15

brandonbwii said:

Well, the typo sorta fits the rest of the Resident Evil franchise localization "quality."

Luffymcduck

#17

Luffymcduck said:

Hey Svensson! Ace Attorney Investigations 2, you haven´t said anything about that for a while.

mochi

#18

mochi said:

what difference does it make? The game works the same with or without the silly typo, just enjoy the game and chill.

Wamtu

#19

Wamtu said:

That "Revelaitons typo" link just sends me to the 404'd page.

EDIT: Yeah, it sends me to: "http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2012/01/
north_american_resident_evil_packaging_is_wrongs"
Speaking of typos...

IT'S WRONGS, MAN! IT'S WRONGS!

Kagamine

#20

Kagamine said:

i got a typo copy, not that big of a deal really. A reason that it was probably looked over is that our brains don't read words letter by letter. they tend to look at the first and last letter seperately, and then the middle as a whole. I'm sure most of you have read a paragraph about it before, but i could be a reason for it.

kurtasbestos

#21

kurtasbestos said:

The thing that bothers me about the typo is that it was posted all over the internet, a place where people rarely care about spelling or proper grammar. Man, I hate the internet. Present company excluded, nintendolife.com, you guys are cool.

sinalefa

#22

sinalefa said:

The game sold out in Amazon like the next day after it was released, and I am led to believe that typo had something to do with that. I could have waited for the game, but I bought it day one just to get that "special" box, and I did. I am still debating with myself if I should open it or not.

Also, if game mags and journalists were so quick to find the typo (before the game was even in stores), why no one at Capcom or Nintendo saw it? It sounds like a publicity stunt to me.

grimbldoo

#23

grimbldoo said:

What's so strange about wanting the miss spelt version? It's not like I'll be staring at the box all day anyway.

Henmii

#25

Henmii said:

About the Resident evil box: Remember the Okami wii box that sported the Ign logo? That was also a pretty strange situation!

MeloMan

#26

MeloMan said:

It's the curse of Inafune. Capcom, you better hire him and/or work with him, or you'll be hit with Devil Mya Cry and Street Fiter typos next...

Malkeor

#27

Malkeor said:

Having an item with a typo is pretty cool. You could say it's the collector's edition :P haha

RantingThespian

#28

RantingThespian said:

I still think Capcom has not told us the truth about why MML3 was cancelled, and why all other MM titles were axed.

odd69

#30

odd69 said:

Well as it is i wanted to get into mega man legends series, i wanted to love a mega man rpg, i wanted to see mega man in something other than a 2d side scroller. They wont re-release it. Im not paying a hundred bucks for the original copy on ebay ,then they cancel 3. So all this adds up to my middle finger flicking
up at this franchise I so desparately wanted to get into.

ouroborous

#32

ouroborous said:

Hilarious, especially in this day and age that something like this could happen and on such a large scale. I got a copy (which I didn't even reserve) with the typo and I think that ultimately, it's cool. It's a little piece of video game history/oddity now.

SyFyTy

#33

SyFyTy said:

The late great P.T. Barnum (Huckster, Charlaten, Circus Millionaire Magnate Spin Doctor Extraordinairre) once said, it doesn't matter what they're saying about you as long as they're still talking about you..." (good or bad) is all publicity) HE built an empire that stands long after his death... this crapcom 'mistake//typo' is just an example of that type of hype/advertising. We'd be fools to think it was an accident... PT Barnum was also responsible for stating that... "there is a fool born every minute..." FYI he is the one and same of Ringling Bros Barnum & Baily fame and glued a horn on a goats head and sold admission to it as a real unicorn!! PS I still enjoy Crapcoms games though...just don't appreciate the publicity stunt. If you think companies are above this, guess again.

Dreadjaws

#34

Dreadjaws said:

I don't get it. Capcom sees this tiny mistake and they humbly admit there's no excuse for it and promise to make sure it doesn't happen again, yet they screw up with the Street Fighter X Tekken's "DLC" and they try to blame the customers for not being dumb enough.

Why is Capcom's PR such a mess? It's always the same guy talking (Svensson), so what, does he have a personality disorder or is he just repeating what he's told no matter what?

Korbin64

#35

Korbin64 said:

They should give "Revelations" a sequel and call it "Resident Evil: Revelaitons".

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