Resident Evil HD cross-buy will be available for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 users. The upcoming remaster of the GameCube Resident Evil remake will feature 1080p HD resolution as well as 5.1 surround sound. Some additional options have been added, such as different analog controls and a widescreen function. The title will be available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows on January 20, 2015. It will only be available digitally across all platforms but will have a limited retail release in Japan for the PlayStation 3 version. No details on the amount of copies to be sold but if availability is limited you could see some high priced copies going for sale online, not unlike the 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4.
The game recently became available for pre-order on the PlayStation Store, with an option for Resident Evil HD cross-buy if you pre-order it. Pre-orders of the game also include an exclusive theme for PlayStation 3. The Resident Evil HD cross-buy option will only be available through pre-ordering the game and not upon purchase when it is released.
The GameCube title was a remake of the original Resident Evil which released for PlayStation on March 22, 1996. The title was then re-released on Sega Saturn, Nintendo DS, and as a PSOne classic. Both the GameCube and PlayStation versions have sold 11 million units combined. Recent sales of Resident Evil games have sold well. Resident Evil 5 sold 6.5 million units as of 2013. Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City sold 2.1 million as of 2012. Resident Evil 6 sold 5.2 million as of 2013, and did not meet Capcom’s expectations. Capcom’s 2014 finances have been bleak, with profits being way down compared to the 2013 financial year, 51.3% to be specific. Capcom does have some upcoming titles however, with PlayStation 4’s Deep Down looking to tap into the Dark Souls market, and Resident Evil Revelations 2 which will have an episodic release, reflecting the success of Telltale’s release model with The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones. Time will tell if their upcoming projects will bring financial success to the 31 year old company.