If you didn’t already know, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries is now in stores in the U.S. as of today. While many are getting ready to pick up their long awaited pre-orders, many are finding out some very disappointing news about Capcom’s latest entry into the series. Everything you do in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries is permanent, as no data can be deleted due to no reset option being in the game. I honestly can’t recall the last time we have seen this happen, but many are speculating that Capcom might have introduced this “feature” to combat used videogame sales. Capcom have since denied this, telling Eurogamer “The game’s value at second-hand in the UK is not affected by whether or not the game can have its data reset”.
I honestly don’t know how I feel about never being able to restart my game quite honestly, but this of course will effect the many rental services such as Gamefly (who have already canceled the ability to rent Mercenaries due to this save reset issue) and all secondhand video game shops as only one file will be tied to the cartridge at all times. Personally, I enjoy resetting my save files on a game I enjoy or starting a new game if there is an option for multiple saves as it adds new life to the game’s lifespan later on. Hopefully Capcom will offer a bit more reasoning behind this save reset fiasco soon enough, but for now those who are planning to purchase Resident Evil: The Mercenaries should make sure they buy a new copy for now if they want to start from scratch.