A sad day for Capcom; their Vancouver division has suspended operations. Seven years after purchasing Blue Castle Games, and rebranding to Capcom Vancouver, Capcom is moving its projects to Japan.
Capcom Vancouver is best known for their Dead Rising franchise. In 2011, they released Dead Rising 2: Off the Record as well as Dead Rising 3, and Dead Rising 4. Capcom Vancouver’s final title was the free-to-play Puzzle Fighter for the iOS Android. Puzzle Fighter was an unsuccessful release and closed down months after launching.
Capcom released a statement that the company will be losing 40 million dollars over this move, not to mention the release of 158 staff members. GameIndustry.biz received this statement from Capcom: “Capcom is currently reviewing the allocation of its development resources that support the production of world-class content. Capcom has been focused on increasing the efficiency and growth of its game development operations. To support this objective, new R&D facilities and annual hiring have been underway at the Osaka headquarters. In consideration of this process, 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.”
Kotaku reported that a Capcom representative said: “A skeleton crew will remain until January 2019 to finalize closure operations and logistics.”
In February 2018 Capcom released 30% of the team. However, it looks that because of the lukewarm reception to Dead Rising 4 and the downfall of Puzzle Fighter; the move wasn’t enough for them to stay in business.
With Capcom Vancouver closing it’s doors, all current projects that are on hold including the rumored next installment of the Dead Rising franchise. Kotaku reported that the dismissed employees are looking to join the ranks of EA Vancouver in the upcoming months. What the future holds for the projects that Capcom is claiming is unclear, but with titles like Monster Hunter, Resident Evil, and Devil May Cry the future is still strong for Capcom.
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