Capcom Vancouver, the studio primarily responsible for the development of Capcom's Dead Rising series as well as Puzzle Fighter on mobile, has been shut down.

In a statement provided to Kotaku, the publisher said that the decision to close Capcom Vancouver had been made following a review of the titles currently in development at the studio. It has now "decided to cancel the development projects at this studio" and will "concentrate development of major titles in Japan."

As a result of the closure, 158 jobs will be lost at Capcom Vancouver. However, a skeleton staff will remain in place until January next year in order to "finalise closure operations and logistics".

Capcom Vancouver was founded in 2005 under the name Blue Castle Games. The studio worked on a number of successful sports titles before taking on development duties for Dead Rising 2 in 2010. Capcom acquired Blue Castle Games soon after, changing its name in the process, and the studio has primarily been responsible for the creation of Dead Rising titles since then - releasing Dead Rising 3 in 2013 and a sequel in 2016.

Today's closure follows restructuring at Capcom Vancouver earlier this year, in which around 30% of staff lost their jobs. That move also saw the cancellation of an unannounced project and revisions to plans for the next Dead Rising game.

Capcom today announced it expects to incur losses of around 4.5 billion yen (around £30.5 million/$40 million USD) following the cancellation of projects and its Vancouver studio.

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