When Capcom revealed the Gold/Alternative Edition of Resident Evil/BioHazard 5, they soon announced that those in North America who owned the original version would not have to buy a whole new copy of the game in order to take advantage of the game’s new features. And since one of the most highly-touted features was the implementation of Sony’s PlayStation Move motion controller, that meant that a simple download would let the device with their original game, right?

As it turns out… no. Not quite. In fact, not at all.

Capcom Europe posted a notice to their blog in order to provide some clarification on the issue. It seems that, while Resident Evil 5 was apparently developed with the prospect of downloadable content in mind, the PlayStation Move wasn’t even a glimmer in Capcom’s eye as the original version was being developed.

RE5 was released in March 2009 without the code to allow for future changes to control schemes through DLC or patching. Therefore the original Resident Evil 5 will not work with PlayStation Move. Short of building a time machine, going back in time and recoding the game so we can patch control schemes on it in the future there is nothing we can do. Sorry.

However, the Gold Edition, which was released in 2010, was made with the developers fully aware of what they could do with the Move. As such, tweaks were made to the code which would allow for the device to be implemented later:

Aware that Move was coming but still unaware of it’s final specs, the release of Gold Edition in 2010 featured the same bit of code that allows new control schemes to be added and while Move will ‘not work out of the box’ with existing RE5GE the ability to download a patch will see current owners of RE5GE be able to use PlayStation Move providing they have an internet connection to download a patch that will be available from 14th September.

If all that wasn’t enough, Capcom has decided to confuse consumers just a little bit more by revealing that there will be a version of Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition with Move compatibility right out of the box. Fortunately, they plan to mark the package clearly.

That just leaves the question of whether or not anyone who already has the original version of Resident Evil 5, and perhaps already downloaded the new content, will bother to shell out for the Gold Edition in order to use the Move, which would seem to emulate the controls of the fan-favorite Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition.

Source: via G4TV