The dead may not rise again after Capcom studio closure
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
“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.
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.