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Capcom gives Resident Evil 6 a $1300/£820 special edition. Extravagant celebration, or huge self-parody?

There is an upper limit on how special a special edition can be. They can all be special in different ways of course. Some come with toys. Some come with DLC built in. Some come with special shiny box art that flickers and glows like the dying embers of the once mighty funeral pyre for a legendary and much-loved Viking lord. But however they may be special, there is an upper limit to how special that specialness can be.

And that upper limit usually cuts off way below the eight-hundred quid point.

Fortunately though, we have companies like Capcom. Companies with the pioneering spirit and devil-may-care attitude toward convention to really push this industry forward. Companies happy to put out three full-price, insanely expensive, marginally-tweaked versions of Street Fighter II on the same 16-bit format over the space of a couple of years. Companies happy to do the same with Street Fighters III and IV, despite the advent of DLC in the latter case. Companies happy to riddle said second sequel with in-game purchases, and then repeat the whole incremental update process with Marvel vs. Capcom 3 a year later, and hold back a couple of old favourite characters as on-disc DLC. You get the idea.


Above: You could play this while wearing a special Resi jacket for around the same price as four current-gen consoles. Bargain!

In the cause of squeezing pint upon pint of fresh warm blood out of the same old stone, Capcom is one of our most progressive leading lights. A round of applause for those guys please. They do important work. And now, with the advent of its exciting new semi-reboot of Resident Evil with RE 6, Capcom is, fittingly, rebooting the whole concept of the special edition with a bundle clocking in at the equivalent of $1300/£820. It contains a set of four character-themed tablet covers and a real wearable replica of protagonist Leon Kennedy's jacket. It's a quite nice jacket, but one which - even if made up the uppermost top quality, which it no doubt is - would probably retail for a noteable chunk less than £800.

I can only assume that the disc is carved from crystalised unicorn tears.

Interested? Let me know in the comments. And don't forget join us next week when we reveal that two of Resi 6's three parallel campaigns take the form of paid-for on-disc DLC. Maybe. But probably not. Hopefully.

40 comments

  • Fox_Mulder - April 12, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    I would buy it if the disc WERE made of crystallized unicorn tears. But sorry Capcom, no dice.
  • Y2Ken - April 12, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    Wow. As with most (not all, but most) of Capcom's shenanigans, I don't have a problem with this as it's an entirely optional extravagance. Still, perhaps pushing the boat out a little far, but I guess we'll see. People do love them some Resident Evil. I'm actually really looking forward to 6 from what I've seen, but think I'll pass on this - it's almost as pricey as the PC I've just built, and I had to save up for quite a while for that one.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - April 11, 2012 11:01 p.m.

    Nah. I'll wait for Resident Evil 6: Super Mega Special Edition. HOORAY ORIGINAL JOKE. Don't get mad Capcom, I still want the game. Just not the ridiculous overpriced shit.
  • pr0tostar - April 11, 2012 9:56 p.m.

    I can get that jacket at Target four <$100. A wig or weave of Leon's hair would justify that price point nicely.
  • TheIronMaiden - April 11, 2012 6:54 p.m.

    Trust me Capcom; I definitely don't have other things to spend $1300 on these days...
  • Shanetexas - April 11, 2012 5:57 p.m.

    Cashcom strikes again. Sometimes I can't tell the difference between Capcom and Umbrella, other than one sells bio-weapons and one sells video games. You don't have to buy it, but as a video gamer, I'm viewed as one of those dopes who would spent a month's rent ... on shitty video game shit.
  • josh-horvath - April 11, 2012 4:43 p.m.

    still waiting on the super premium edition that comes with a prostitute dressed as jill valentine (or leon kennedy, whatever floats your boat)
  • ThatGamerDude - April 11, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    So what's next Capcom? A special edition of Mega Man that comes with a real life version of him and an entire army of robots for you to destroy if you can survive their fully-functioning lasers? All this for $36 billion dollars! Plus a free servbot!
  • Scuffles - April 11, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    .......So does that umm come with a real sample of the G-cell virus or something? Your own personal zombie? or just a heaping helping of buyers remorse on the house :P
  • santaclouse37 - April 11, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    DAY 1 PURCHASE. Who's with me?
  • Redeater - April 11, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    I lost interest in RE after I watched Chris PUNCH a giant boulder while fighting in a VOLCANO. I remember back when Resident Evil was more of a tribute to Romero rather then Dragon Ball Z.
  • jackthemenace - April 11, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    It's that kinda stuff that made me steer clear of Resi 5 after playing the demo, but I think we're forgetting here- LEON'S jacket. Not Chris's, LEON'S. Super sexy Leon. Protagonist of Resi 4, one of the only video games to ever really scare me Leon. Leon S. Kennedy Leon. Just to re-iterate, LEON. Also, I'm not trying to antagonise you, I just really love Leon. But, this price-tag does seem a little bit ridiculous. I would, however, be willing to pay that much for a jacket actually WORN by Leon. If he were real. Which, sadly, he isn't. I guess they're just trying to milk the character as much as they can before he's ruined by the new live-action movie, like they have with every OTHER character so far- except Chris, they got him pretty much spot-on, from what I can see. *Cries self to sleep*
  • IceBlueKirby - April 11, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    Wow. What's next, a $100,000 special edition Lost Planet 3 with a life-sized mech?
  • gazzc - April 11, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    Really who would have thought it, considering this game is made by the same people that charge full premium price for a fighting game that only has half the characters enabled unless you hand over a whole load more cash I would never have guessed that they would do anything to squeeze more money out of its (stupid and rich) customers. Now I do love Capcom games, but the way they treat their fans/customers as cash machines is pretty terrible. For sure I will not be pre-ordering any of their stuff any more until I have read reviews and can be sure that I am getting a full game for my money.
  • Desann - April 11, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    "I can only assume that the disc is carved from crystalised unicorn tears." LOL! Oh man, Capcom sure is always breaking new ground. Unfortunately, they always seem to be breaking new ground in the fight against its customers. This ridiculous special edition thing isn't actually a bad thing, though. It's REALLY over-priced and you'd be out of your mind to spring for it, sure, but it's not a sadistic attack on their fans like so much else that they do is. It's only a matter of time before we learn what villainous tomfoolery they're up to with this game, though. Whatever slimy scheme they're cooking up is sure to push the envelope yet again. We'll find out about it just before or just after the game comes out, and I'm fully expecting to be so disgusted by it that I just might throw up. Brace yourselves, people.
  • fanfundy - April 11, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    I praise the author of this article for bashing Capcom. They deserve all the hate they are receiving. They have easily become the worst, least trusted, and least respected comany in gaming. Who would've thought they'd surpass Activision and EA. They are thieves, and continue only to destroy their own image. Job well done!
  • wingsdjy - April 11, 2012 10:20 a.m.

    Better buy two...1 to wear; the other to keep sealed.
  • onetimebuster - April 11, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    Lol way to much money.
  • Mortis - April 11, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    gamemaster-plays...what in the seventh circle of Hell did you just say?
  • gamemaster-plays - April 11, 2012 3:39 p.m.

    hahahaha just trolling about the Attraction Law, did you heard about that? it reads that all your wishes comin' true just if you concentrate on an item and one item only. regards

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