Capcom has released an official statement for Resident Evil 3 Remake regarding the game’s new system requirements for Steam.
According to the declaration, after installing the update patch, players will only be able to play the Steam version of Resident Evil 3 on Windows 10, even if previous players with Windows 7 and 8.1 were able to play it before. Not only that, but the graphics and DirectX requirements have also been completely changed.
According to Capcom, anyone who wants to continue playing the current version of the title must choose the “Go Offline” option every time they launch the game. The company also warned that once the update is applied, it cannot be restored to the previous version, even through an uninstall.
Players who buy a game with DRM attached are always at risk of being unlisted or, as in this case, of applying unwanted patches. But many accept it as a necessary part of PC gaming, especially when it comes to the benefit of often cheaper prices compared to console gaming.
However, Capcom’s announcement is a reminder that DRM games are not entirely yours and can be changed or revoked at any time. And while refund policies are becoming more common, they are not ubiquitous and can also be limited or revoked with little to no notice.
Meanwhile, a physical version of a console game with a higher price tag comes with the knowledge that once the player buys it, the game cannot be changed without their consent. And even the digital versions are harder to scale up than a PC game with DRM.
No matter your choice, it is important to understand all the risks involved in your environment, of course.