Resident Evil: Revelations has been out on 3DS for just over a year, and soon we'll be able to play it in full HD as the game is now in development for Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Many people have wondered why Capcom made the decision to make the switch to home consoles, and whether or not this was all part of the master plan to begin with.
Tsukasa Takenaka, producer of the HD versions of Resident Evil: Revelations, recently told Joystiq at a Capcom event that there was never any plan to bring the game to the home console market; the team was too focused on the 3DS at the time, with Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D also being developed.
When we worked on the 3DS version, we were completely targeting the 3DS. We didn't start in HD, scale down, and now we're scaling up – we worked to the exact 3DS specs,
At the time there was no plan for consoles – the console version was only decided after the 3DS launch and after we received fan and critic feedback on the game.
Takenaka said once the 3DS game was out, Capcom received fan feedback from those who wanted to play the game in HD and those who couldn't play it due to their lack of 3DS ownership. Capcom had a look at the feedback, crunched some numbers and decided to release a HD multiplatform version of the game.
The project was not a simple port, however, as the developers had to completely re-work the character models and add more effects that home consoles can handle, such as lighting filters. Takenaka believes that because Resident Evil: Revelations HD has been built largely from scratch, it will be viewed as "a whole new version".
Capcom has had little to say about the sales performance of Resident Evil: Revelations on the 3DS, but Takenaka refuted claims the publisher was attempting to make up for any perceived disappointment.
We find that the reception from fans and critics was very positive and we were very happy with the sales given the 3DS market at the time of its release. It isn't anything to do with us trying to salvage any kind of lost opportunity; quite the contrary.
Resident Evil: Revelations HD is scheduled for release in May. The Wii U version can be played on the GamePad alone, for those who still want a bit of portability.
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