Capcom will be shutting down its Vancouver video game studio

Doris Richards
September 19, 2018

That, Capcom said, led to the review and cancellation of of projects at Capcom Vancouver, and instead, it "will concentrate development of major titles in Japan".

Fans of the hugely popular Dead Rising series may be upset to hear that the Capcom Vancouver studio is shutting its doors for good. But, Capcom said it's now reviewing "the allocation of its development resources that support the production of world-class content".

Going forward, Capcom's plan is to focus on game development in Japan, with new R&D facilities opening up in Osaka and hiring waves to go along with that.

"As part of this overall direction, the studio will suspend operations, effective today, so the current staff will be laid off and the office will be closed".

In a statement, Capcom Vancouver said it expects to record losses from the termination of development projects in its consolidated financial results for the six months of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. At the time, the publisher also cancelled an unannounced game that was supposedly a third-person action-adventure set in an alternate New York City. The Japanese games-maker is prepared for a 4.5 billion yen loss (about $40 million) in its 1H 2018 earnings as a result, which basically equates to the amount invested in the now-cancelled project. Some employees will remain until January 2019, for logistical reasons.

Formerly Blue Castle Games, Capcom Vancouver was established in 2005. The result, 2010's Dead Rising 2, was a sales success, resulting in the company being acquired and renamed by Capcom. "Capcom still owns the "Dead Rising" brand", the rep said.

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