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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

CAPCOM Spring Sale 2020; RIP Capcom Unity

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Monthly sale, yippeee.

I have a big list of people that I need to personally alert to the fact that there is a new CAPCOM sale going on in the Nintendo eShop. And while it feels like this just happened (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy was on sale last week on the Xbox One for the CAPCOM Summer Savings; and it was on sale last month for the Ace Attorney Franchise Sale; not to mention the also-in-March CAPCOM Greatest Hits Sale; and the CAPCOM Publisher Sale of February 2020), I've searched KoopaTV's archives as well as other people's websites for the truth.

There apparently hasn't been something specifically called a CAPCOM Spring Sale before. Ever. First time it's happening. Personally, I don't believe it, but that's what the data is telling me.

CAPCOM Spring Sale 2020 Nintendo eShop Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy
The Spring Sale lasts from today to April 29, 2020 2:59 AM Eastern time.

Of course, “the” Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is here at 50% off (or $15). But other fan favourite games, like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy for 3DS (60% off), Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice for 3DS (60% off), Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney for 3DS (50% off), and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies for 3DS (70% off) are also on sale! Those links will take you to a page where you can buy them from your browser and they'll start downloading to your system.

...As are many games that aren't Ace Attorney, such as Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and Mega Man. (But not Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection. Not yet.)

Seems like all good news? Well, there's some sadness in CAPCOM land...

Capcom Unity, which has been CAPCOM USA's Internet hideout for many years (that's where they traditionally posted news, features, and had a forum with boards for CAPCOM's franchises) is going to shut down user-generated content. It's going to be a one-way communication with no forum. CAPCOM USA decided that people don't really use forums anymore, and they instead use social media and Discord servers and Reddit and whatever.

If you look at the state of Capcom Unity's forum, it's been in total disrepair for years. The Ace Attorney board was totally overrun by Korean spam bots. Moderation ceased. I sent an email to CAPCOM support over two years ago complaining that their site doesn't use https yet expects us to enter our log-in credentials. It's still http. Even KoopaTV made the https switch two years ago, and we don't even have credentials for you to enter. If you're wondering what support said, they said they're constantly working to buff security. Well... obviously that was wildly unsuccessful.

They also stopped approving the moderator-approval-required blog feature where I'd advertise all KoopaTV articles that were about CAPCOM. And... that's a lot of articles. But I stopped bothering with it since they stopped bothering with their side of it. A shame, because they actually got some hits and interest. CAPCOM fans are good people, especially when they're not begging the company for things. 

(Wouldn't it be nice if the first announcement at the new Capcom Unity was an announcement about Ace Attorney Investigations 2?)

Ludwig has removed his Capcom Unity account from KoopaTV's contact info page, since that won't exist for much longer. This leaves GameFAQs as one of the only game forums still in operation, where, despite this setback for CAPCOM (or joy, in terms of the sale), Resident Evil 2 won a close fight against Bloodborne in the GameFAQs Game of the Decade contest. (They're in Round 3 now.)

There were CAPCOM sales on PS4 and Steam later in April as well.
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection received its first sale, 25% off, a month later.
CAPCOM puts everything on sale again for the middle of June 2020.

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