Capcom's PC Past Haunts Resident Evil 4
January 27, 2006
The buzz today is that Capcom is preparing a port of the Nintendo GameCube and Sony PlayStation 2 masterpiece Resident Evil 4 for the PC platform. Apparently a Capcom employee has confirmed the game's development on the official Capcom Europe forum. Before everyone gets all excited over this, let me be a stick in the mud and suggest that the PC version will never see the light of day in North America. I say this because Capcom has a history of cranking out PC ports exclusively for the international market.
As I've said previously, I don't own a Sony PlayStation or PlayStation 2. That means that when Capcom's Mega Man X series left the Nintendo world, I was unable to follow. I missed out on Mega Man X4, X5, X6, X7, and X8. However, not too long ago I found out that Capcom had created PC versions of these games. I went searching for them at stores, online, and even eBay, but eventually found that only the X5 port was released in North America (and even then in very small quantities, although I did manage to snag one). The rest of the PC ports were created exclusively for the Korean, Chinese, and Japanese markets. You just can't buy them in North America through the usual channels, and even if you could you'd find they're not in English for the most part. My concern is that Resident Evil 4 could well follow the same path, ending up in Asia but not the rest of the world. Obviously we don't know the whole story regarding Capcom's intentions, but at this point knowing how Capcom treats PC releases of console games, I would tread lightly until knowing more.