Capcom denies alienating DR2 PS3 gamers

Xbox exclusivity "a present" to original fans.

Capcom has denied it is "alienating" PS3-owning Dead Rising fans following the announcement of Xbox Live-exclusive downloadable game Dead Rising 2: Case West.

The Dead Rising 2 epilogue is designed to compliment Dead Rising 2 in the same way fellow Xbox Live exclusive Dead Rising 2: Case Zero did last month.

Following Case West's Tokyo Game Show reveal PS3 gamers complained that they were being denied the beginning and end of the upcoming zombie kill-em-up.

"I think Inafune [Keiji, head of global R&D] said that we're sorry that it seems like you're getting a little bit less of the Dead Rising 2 universe, but you'll still be able to enjoy the full game," insisted co-producer Shinsaku Ohara in an interview with Eurogamer.

"You'll just miss a little bit of extra. We haven't completely alienated PS3 gamers because Dead Rising 2 is a standalone boxed product."

Developer Blue Castle Games' Rob Barrett added that Dead Rising 2 is complete without Case Zero and Case West.

"The game was completely designed to be a self-contained and enjoyable experience, beginning to end, regardless of the prologue and the epilogue."

Ohara echoed comments made by Inafune in an recent interview with Eurogamer, when he explained the Xbox 360 exclusivity of Dead Rising 2's downloadable games.

"Dead Rising was our very first Xbox 360 title and Microsoft supported the title all the way," Ohara said.

"At the beginning we didn't know that this new IP would be a success, but the fans on the console really assisted in making it into one. So it's like a present, something that we gave back to the original Dead Rising fans."

Dead Rising 2 is due out on Friday. Expect Eurogamer's review on the same day.

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