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Capcom has 'run the course' with HD beat-'em-up re-releases

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on 9 April 2013

The senior vice president of Capcom has seemingly squashed any hopes of seeing future high-definition re-releases of its classic fighting games.

Speaking on Capcom Unity, Christian Svensson revealed that its latest batch of HD revamps have seen a decline in sales, suggesting the publisher has ‘run the course’ as far as this type of product is concerned.

"New development in the form of updated versions of SF2, SF3, MvC2, MvC1, Marvel Super Heroes, Darkstalkers, Puzzle Fighter etc. Sadly, I think we've probably run the course of feasible titles here given the droppoff we've seen in sales with each new introduction,” he said.

"It seems the novelty of such projects is wearing off even within just the fighting game community based upon the sales data of our last two launches. That said, we have been quite prolific in these areas (despite the assertion above that we haven't) and it's probably time for us to slow down anyway."

The most recent HD update came in the shape of the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade Darkstalkers: Resurrection, which combined classic 90s brawlers Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3.

Of course, it could be argued that Capcom has delved deep enough into its back catalogue as it is, as we’ve certainly had our fair share of HD updates of the past few years. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD  and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition are among the highlights on offer.

Do you think Capcom should remaster another one of its classic beat-‘em-ups or turn more attention to fresh IP? Sound off in the comments section below.