A user on the Capcom forums last year and yes it was just a user so take it with a grain of salt. Said that the OB games used an Old modified version of IT's engine which Capcom no longer has the rights to. So for them to remaster the game they would have to replace the engine and rebuild all the old assets onto it which at that point they may as well just remake it. So if what he said is true then that would explain why Capcom never did do a remaster of the titles. I always thought they didn't bother because they would have to make new servers but if they also had to rebuild the game on a new engine then that would make a lot more sense.At this point, I would just be so damn ecstatic if Capcom could give us an "HD" remaster version of Outbreak - literally nothing other than fixing load times, removing the "wall of death" when another character is going through a door, and adding a PC version. Some netcode optimizations so that you don't need to be room master to not have crazy zombie and monster warping would be fantastic.
Speaking of netcode optimizations: Yesterday I got killed at the end of Showdown 3 because MR.X's kept lagging out of the stun animation from MAG handgun potshots. I was pretty pissed.