Capcom Expects Losses Due to Cancellation of Games in Development

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"To support this objective, new R&D facilities and annual hiring have been underway at the Osaka headquarters", Capcom said in a statement.

Capcom Vancouver was primarily responsible for the Dead Rising series, which had been in a bit of a rut as Dead Rising 4 did not land well with fans.

Capcom Vancouver's in-development Dead Rising game has been cancelled as the studio ramps down for closure. However, after a wave of layoffs at the start of 2018, Capcom told GamesIndustry that Capcom Vancouver was transitioning to support the mobile game Puzzle Fighter, which was itself shut down this April.

About 158 employees were impacted by the studio's closure.

Following a press release issued earlier today in which Capcom revealed "the termination of development projects" at Capcom Vancouver, the publisher confirmed in a statement sent to Kotaku that the studio will be closed completely early next year.

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In February Capcom announced it had canceled at least two projects at the studios: an unannounced action-adventure title, and the next Dead Rising title.

Formerly Blue Castle Games, Capcom Vancouver was established in 2005.

A Capcom spokesperson said it appreciates the hard work and contributions of all the staff in creating "unforgettable gameplay experiences for the Dead Rising series and Puzzle Fighter". The result, 2010's Dead Rising 2, was a sales success, resulting in the company being acquired and renamed by Capcom.

Capcom's decision to reallocate its resources comes after one of the Japanese company's most profitable years on record, with January's Monster Hunter: World standing out as both the highest and fastest-selling game in the company's 39-year history. "Capcom still owns the "Dead Rising" brand", the rep said.

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