Capcom management abandoned interest in new IP to force development of sequels, former Capcom head of development Keiji Inafune has alleged.
Studio bosses keen to cut costs opted for a policy of systemic sequelisation, Inafune claimed in an address at a Kyoto university (translated by Andriasang).
New titles - including Inafune's Dead Rising and Lost Planet - were initially rejected.
The money-year is up for Capcom and the numbers are in. They're positive - very.
Capcom has revealed sales figures of its major games during the nine months to 31st December 2010.
Zombie tear-em-up Dead Rising 2 has sold 2.2 millions to date. Super Street Fighter IV has sold 1.6 million, and Lost Planet 2 has shifted 1.5.
In its financial report Capcom noted that the "steady sales" of Lost Planet 2 were below projections.
Including DirectX 9 and 11 comparisons.
Capcom has announced a 15th October date for Lost Planet 2 on PC.
Capcom has revealed that Lost Planet 2 "underperformed its projection substantially", Monster Hunter Tri "grew at a sluggish pace" and Ghost Trick "struggled".
Another month, another multi-game Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3 Face-Off. Let's get the party started with all the stats, videos, comparison galleries and performance analyses you crave, derived from an eye-watering array of big names and quality wares.
Thankfully the mania of the release schedule diminishes as we enter summer, perhaps allowing us to do some catch-up coverage on other titles, but the immediate future is E3: Project Natal, Move, Nintendo 3DS, OnLive, Gaikai, and masses of AAA titles for us to preview. Woo! In the meantime, let's get this show on the road.
Lost Planet 2 has topped the Japan chart on PS3, shifting 85,000 units in a week.
Underwater antics in Capcom's co-op blaster.
EA's 2010 FIFA World Cup has beaten off three big-name newcomers to top the UK all-formats chart for a third week.
Capcom has revealed that PlayStation 3 owners playing Lost Planet 2 will soon be able to download Helghast skins for the game for free.
Killzone extends its boundaries.
Out today! Johnny walks us through.
Tom attacks a mine in the jungle.
There's Snow Pirates here, says Tom.
Jun Takeuchi wasn't exaggerating when he described this sequel as "almost a totally different game". Unlike the lonely, icy adventure that constituted the original, the hugely ambitious Lost Planet 2 has been re-envisioned as a four-man multiplayer adventure in a variety of climates. You still get to activate data posts and shoot the obvious, glowing orange weak spots of terrifying insectoid behemoths on a regular basis, but that's where the similarities end.
Most of the changes seem grounded and well-intentioned on the face of it. Who wouldn't want a more varied, expansive and technically astonishing follow-up to an already highly promising game? Being able to experience the intensity and chaos alongside up to three friends offline or online should help Lost Planet 2 to be one of 2010's most desirable shooters.
However, unexpectedly, the very things that make the game sound so appealing are also the things that conspire to undermine your enjoyment.
The Lost Planet 2 multiplayer demo is on PlayStation Network today and allows 16 of you to kill each other in various ways and for various reasons. Jolly good.
The Lost Planet 2 multiplayer demo is now available on Xbox Live Marketplace.
VOLCANO WATCH: EA and Capcom have assured Eurogamer that their imminent releases are not buried under tons of death-ash spouted from Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
Capcom has lifted the lid on three titles it's got lined up for a 2011 release.
Topping the bill is Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, as reported earlier.
Then there's Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, which sees Nathan Spencer facing a new, "technologically sophisticated" foe named General Sabio. He'll have upgraded powers, including the ability to jump. The game will be released via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network in Q1 of next year.
Capcom has revealed more playable guest stars for Lost Planet 2: Dead Rising's Frank West, and a splendidly armoured hunter from the Monster Hunter games.
Capcom has announced plans to release a limited-access multiplayer demo of Lost Planet 2 next week and brought the game's release date forward a week to 11th May on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Rapacious seduction is a trick Capcom has been honing for a long time now, constructing entire franchises around the painful allure of the apocalyptic boss encounter. But although the publisher seems to have been on a mission to outdo itself via Resident Evil, Dino Crisis, Onimusha and Monster Hunter, it wasn't until Lost Planet came along in 2007 that it was brazen enough to build a game almost entirely around slaying nightmarish, colossal, screen-filling beasts.
Capcom has confirmed that sci-fi shooter Lost Planet 2 will support split-screen co-op gameplay, in the tradition of the previous game from the same development team, Resident Evil 5. Lost Planet 2 also features four-player online co-op and 16-player multiplayer.
It also announced the European pre-order bonuses for Lost Planet 2 and Super Street Fighter IV. Early birds get a choice between three items for each.
Super Street Fighter IV pre-orders will come with either exclusive iPhone covers showing stylised Street Fighter characters, a T-shirt from an exclusive limited edition range, or a downloadable costume pack for the game.
Gears' Dom and Marcus cut up the Akrid.
Gears duo step up to the Akrid plate.
A couple of familiar faces from the Gears of War series are set to star in the next Lost Planet game.
Capcom has announced a whole bundle of release dates for its forthcoming titles.
First up is Lost Planet 2, which will launch in Europe and North America on 18th May. The game is in development for PS3 and Xbox 360 and will feature six interconnected episodes, "creating a truly unique interactive experience that changes depending upon the actions of the players involved", according to Capcom. You'll be able to team up with a maximum of three other players and fight the good fight over Xbox Live and PSN.
Speaking of which, Super Street Fighter IV will be coming to Europe on 30th April, also on PS3 and 360. The US will get it three days earlier. Expect new online modes, combos and characters, including Tae Kwon Do specialist Juri.
Capcom has delayed the release of Lost Planet 2, Super Street Fighter IV and Monster Hunter Tri.
While Capcom may be keen on uniting Japanese and Western development teams, star creator Jun Takeuchi (Resident Evil, Lost Planet) isn't so sure.
Capcom will reward people who pre-order Lost Planet 2 with an in-game Wesker skin and accompanying revolver weapon.
However hard other developers may try, Capcom remains the master of the heart-in-mouth, adrenaline-soaked boss fight. The sandworm thing that the four of us are currently trying to kill is about 50 times the size of the cannon-mounted freight train that we're fighting it from. Every time it emerges from the sand with an ear-shattering, screeching roar to gobble up another carriage as if it were a Smartie, we all instinctively reel back in our seats. Lost Planet 2 has a shot at being the best euphoric four-player monster-killing experience since, well, Monster Hunter. (Yes, I know I namedrop Monster Hunter in practically everything I ever write. Take the hint, people!)
Sony has updated the PlayStation Store and the highlights are Lost Planet 2 and Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 demos for PS3 and the long-awaited first downloadable content for the PS3 version of Fallout 3 - the Broken Steel pack that ups the level cap.
Capcom is releasing a co-op demo for Lost Planet 2 on PSN next week.
You know, this is already a pretty sweet job. We get to play games, write about them and attend parties populated by heroes, fairies and talking cars. It gets even better, however, when it comes to making these joyful announcements about the marvellous games you’ll all be playing at this year’s Eurogamer Expos.
Making the transition from rumoured to confirmed today are those stalwart folk at Capcom, green-lighting no less than five titles to be shown on our already packed show floors in London and Leeds.
Top of the list is a eight-player Lost Planet 2 experience on PS3. A slight departure in its multiplayer focus, the Lost Planet sequel still features the huge enemies and stompy robot suits which made the original so popular. Take a look at the gameplay trailer over on Eurogamer TV for a better idea of the new, less icy setting.
Capcom will roll out the Lost Planet 2 multiplayer co-op demo next week on Xbox Live.
Lost Planet 2 producer Jun Takeuchi has confirmed to Famitsu - as spotted by Joystiq - that a demo of Lost Planet 2 will be released on Xbox Live "soon, I guess".
Sony confirmed during its E3 press conference that Lost Planet 2 will be released on PS3 in "early 2010".
Capcom had previously unveiled the sequel only for Xbox 360, which we heard will be out during the winter early next year. It's not clear whether Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will launch side by side, though.
Lost Planet 2 has more of the same third-person shooting, mech and grappling action as before - only this time there's four-player co-op and more colourful environments such as lush jungles to explore.
Like a lot of Capcom's output at the moment, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition was Western in principle but Japanese in execution, so it's no surprise when producer Jun Takeuchi - taking over from R&D boss Keiji Inafune, who's up to his jugular in the blood and guts of Dead Rising 2 - announces that the sequel owes a lot to "Call of Duty". Us either. Apparently it's quite big on the internet.
Capcom hopes to release a downloadable Lost Planet 2 demo during or soon after E3 in early June.
Capcom exec Chris Kramer seems to have put the grumpy kibosh on any hopes for a 2009 release of the Dead Rising and Lost Planet sequels, telling Major Nelson that both are due next year.
Capcom has said Lost Planet 2 will feature full campaign co-op support for up-to four people.
Capcom has unveiled Lost Planet 2 with a "Capcom Top Secret Game Announcement" trailer on Xbox Live, weighing in at around 450MB.