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One of the big new things to take eighth gen by storm is cross-buy. What is it? Well, it's the ability to buy a game on one system and own it on another. If you buy a game on the PS3 you'll also own a copy for the PS4 and vice versa. It's a neat little way to convince gamers that certain consoles are worth owning and certain games are worth buying. Well, Capcom is getting in on the cross-buy phenomenon by offering PlayStation owners the opportunity to get their hands on Resident Evil HD for the PS3 and PS4 for a single price... but there's a catch.
Gamespot is reporting that Resident Evil HD, the remake of the GameCube remake of the 1997 original, is available for cross-buy. However, the only way the cross-buy option is supported is if gamers pre-order... that's right, you have to dance on the devil's dime if you want the cross-buy option for this game.
As noted on the official Capcom Unity blog...
“Pre-order the game on PSN, and you're entitled to both the PS3 and PS4 versions. You also get an exclusive theme, and yep--they're pre-load supported so you can start playing as soon as the game is officially "out." Such a deal!”
Yep, that's right... you also get an “exclusive theme”. Not entirely sure what the theme is but it's new and exclusive... so that might be enough to entice some gamers.
Also, as stated on the blog, there is pre-loading available, so once the game officially releases players will be able to dive in and start playing right away without waiting in a download queue.
While we were thankful for pre-loading in our list of things we're grateful for in eighth-gen, I think pre-ordering is still one of those things that works very much against the average consumer. You're buying to an unproven game. As we've seen with games like Assassin's Creed Unity, where the embargoes were set to lift nearly a day after the game was already on store shelves, it's hard to know exactly what you'll get.
This creates a very precarious situation for gamers because they have to trust that the pre-order they're committing to will actually reward them with a functioning product when the release day rolls around. And while Capcom hasn't become known for launching broken games on day one, it's just one of those things where if you really want that cross-buy option you're going to have to sell a bit of your soul to take advantage of the deal.
As for Resident Evil HD... the game is set for launch in early 2015. The game is an HD overhaul from the GameCube version from back in the early 2000s. The funny thing about it is that the GameCube version was a remake of the original Resident Evil from back in the late 1990s. Anyway, the game has improved lighting mechanics, advanced textures and models, as well as smoother gameplay.
If you missed out on all the previous re-releases of the original Resident Evil, or skipped on the GameCube version, you can look to get your hands on this latest re-release for only $20. Of course, if you plan on getting in on the cross-buy deal between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, you will have to commit to the pre-order procedure.