CAP­COM

The dead may not rise again af­ter Cap­com stu­dio clo­sure

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While Cap­com Van­cou­ver is used to com­ing back to life thanks to its clas­sic zom­bie-fight­ing series Dead

Ris­ing, it looks like this time death will be per­ma­nent as the stu­dio is of­fi­cially clos­ing its doors for the last time. While very sad, the clo­sure doesn’t come as a com­plete sur­prise as the stu­dio also had a large round of lay­offs of roughly 30% of staff ear­lier this year, fol­low­ing the re­lease of mo­bile game Puz­zle Fighter, but at the time also made sure to men­tion that they re­mained ded­i­cated to the Dead

Ris­ing series.

“As a re­sult of re­view­ing ti­tles in de­vel­op­ment at Cap­com Van­cou­ver, Cap­com has de­cided to can­cel the de­vel­op­ment projects at this stu­dio and will con­cen­trate de­vel­op­ment of ma­jor ti­tles in Ja­pan,” a com­pany rep said. The stu­dio clo­sure does not re­flect Cap­com’s for­tunes over­all, how­ever, as Mon­ster Hunter: World was one of the big­gest games of 2018, and the up­com­ing re­lease of the Res­i­dent Evil 2 re­make has re­ceived a pos­i­tive re­cep­tion too. Rather, Cap­com have closed the Cana­dian stu­dio to bring fo­cus back to their stu­dios in Ja­pan, which does make some sense as the com­pany’s big­gest games are made there, in­clud­ing Devil May Cry 5 which will also be out in early 2019.

Shuf­fling off

It does bring the fu­ture of the Dead

Ris­ing series into ques­tion though. There had been ru­mours that the stu­dio had been work­ing on a new game this year, but with all op­er­a­tions ceas­ing it’s not clear if the pro­ject has been killed off en­tirely or if it will rise again at an­other stu­dio in Ja­pan in­stead. It’ll be a shame if Frank never re­turns as the series has al­ways been a stal­wart on Xbox con­soles thanks to its crazy com­bat and gi­ant zom­bie hordes. The Cana­dian lo­ca­tion will re­main open in early 2019 but only run by a skele­ton crew who will over­see the busi­ness of clos­ing it all down.

It’s sad to see such a well-loved series and stu­dio be shut­tered, but hope­fully the de­vel­op­ers’ tal­ents will be ap­pre­ci­ated else­where. Check out our Devil May Cry 5 cov­er­age on p36.

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