Resident Evil fans are taking issue with Capcom’s decision to monetize some of the treasure maps in the upcoming remake of Resident Evil 4.
Resident Evil 4 Remake Deluxe Edition Treasure Map is Causing Controversy
Frustration has grown about Capcom’s decision to monetize some Resident Evil 4 Remake treasure maps as part of Resident Evil 4 Deluxe Edition. Modern deluxe editions often include a variety of digital DLC to make them more attractive. Having a Resident Evil 4 remake offers new ways to monetize content that wasn’t previously monetized, which, however, doesn’t sit well with some Resident Evil fans.
Resident Evil 4 Deluxe Edition was announced during Thursday’s Resident Evil Showcase 2022 Livestream. The Deluxe Edition bundles a remake of Resident Evil 4 for the player’s chosen platform with a bonus DLC pack. The pack includes four character skins, two weapons, one accessory, and an “Original Edition” soundtrack swap. The issue that Resident Evil fans have raised is a Treasure Map: Expansion item that unlocks new treasures in Resident Evil 4 that can’t be obtained otherwise.
Residents Evil fans on Reddit drew attention to the Treasure Map item, asking others why Capcom is “keeping in-game collectibles beyond a paywall.” Responses include generalities such as today’s games “never give you everything without paying you more.” Another user jokingly takes issue with the original question, it’s not a new phenomenon and Dead Space 3 is mentioned 9 years ago doing something similar. Another user thanks games like Elden Ring and most of PlayStation’s first-party exclusives have avoided such monetization.
The complainants have no specific request for resolution, so much so that there is general anger on the subject. Had it been their choice, Capcom wouldn’t have new monetized content in the Resident Evil 4 remake. Obviously, this is not going to happen, especially since pre-orders have already started for the promised content. Part of what makes these so frustrating to Resident Evil fans is that little has to be done to change the status quo.
It’s interesting to see that Resident Evil fans take specific issue with the treasure map, rather than the deluxe edition’s special costumes or its weapons. Both of these are more likely to affect the Resident Evil 4 player’s gameplay experience. If anything, it’s probably a matter of having too many options for feeling disappointed rather than not being disappointed.
The one Resident Evil fan mentioned earlier is definitely right. It’s not a new idea, and it wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t attractive to game companies. The second Resident Evil fan is also right. There are a lot of games, whether it’s Elden Ring or Ratchet & Clank, that are thin on monetization. However, both of those games exclusively include pre-order DLC. Resident Evil 4 will hopefully compensate for this through authenticity and polish.
Resident Evil 4 will release on March 24, 2023 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.