I’m sure one of the first thing a person does when they boot up a used game cartridge is to erase the save file to start their own. A fact that Capcom may be trying to exploit possibly to combat the secondary market. Their upcoming game, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, will not allow you to erase your save file.
The Mercenaries game structure would not be greatly damaged by this strange design decision. Unlike other Resident Evil games that has a linear narrative structure, The Mercenaries is a time-attack game where the player is given a map populated with enemies for the player to clear out for points. No part of the game will be inaccessible because of this “feature,” but it does take away a gamer’s ability to start anew on a used cartridge.
Eurogamer has contacted Capcom about this and has been told that they believe this won’t have any effect on its second hand value. “The game’s value at second-hand in the UK is not affected by whether or not the game can have its data reset,” says a Capcom spokesperson.” Customers in the UK will not experience a reduced second-hand value should they wish to trade in their purchase.”
Publishers have been at war with the second hand market ever since the sky has been blue. They’ve employed various techniques such as including one time use coupons with new copies of games and including (Some would say shoehorning) multiplayer modes into games. This could be a new tactic in their arsenal in this increasingly maddening war.