Capcom Vancouver Hit With Layoffs, New Dead Rising Game Impacted

An Unannounced Game Has Been Cancelled As a Result

Capcom Vancouver — known for its work on the Dead Rising series — has been hit with layoffs, according to a source close to Kotaku.

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Approximately 30 percent of the studio was laid off, which has resulted in the cancellation of an unannounced project. In the process, Capcom has seen to it that the scope of the next Dead Rising game has also been cut.

A Capcom representative provided a statement to IGN. It reads:

“Capcom Vancouver has undergone a restructure which has impacted approximately 30 percent of the studio, as part of its regular periodic assessment of upcoming projects and overall studio goals. The team is continuing to work hard to support the recent release of Puzzle Fighter for mobile and is dedicated to its flagship Dead Rising series.”

Kotaku’s source, who has remained anonymous for obvious reasons, revealed that the unannounced game was envisioned as a third-person action-adventure game set in an alternate reality version of New York. The game existed as a very early prototype and had yet to be greenlit.

The Capcom Vancouver office developed the second, third, and fourth Dead Rising games. While critics and fans have been relatively kind to recent entries, the series hasn’t really set the world on fire.

Click here to read our review for Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package.

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