Spark Unlimited, the developer behind such titles as Lost Planet 3, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Legendary, has stopped developing games after 11 years.
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Capcom expects to sell 1.2 million copies of Xbox One exclusive Dead Rising 3.
The figure was revealed in a document released alongside the Japanese company's financial report for the first half of the financial year ending 31st March 2014.
The 1.2 million figure is below lifetime sales for previous games in the open world zombie kill 'em up series: 2006 Xbox 360 game Dead Rising shifted 1.8 million, and 2010 sequel Dead Rising 2, which launched on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, has sold 2.7 million. It should be noted, however, that as an Xbox One exclusive launch title, Dead Rising 3 has a limited install base to sell to.
Capcom is preparing to slash its European operation by more than half, according to the UK trade magazine MCV. "More than half of the European arm faces redundancy, with a number of jobs set to merge," reads the report.
UPDATE: Rayman Legends sold best on Wii U, with 45 per cent of the game's boxed retail sales in the UK.
Official figures from Chart-Track show the Xbox 360 version of the platformer enjoyed 30 per cent of the sales, the PlayStation 3 version 24 per cent. Boxed PC sales made up one per cent. Chart-Track does not include download figures.
ORIGINAL STORY: Rayman Legends outsold its predecessor Rayman Origins by around 20 per cent in week one UK sales.
Ah, Lost Planet 3. I don't think anyone ever expected great things from Capcom's game, but having played it a couple of times I developed a soft spot for it - and not just because everyone told me I look like lead character Jim Peyton. The shoddy combat and ropey execution was always a given seeing that Spark Unlimited were involved, but the sense of drama and of place always surprised me. A shame that gives way not long into the campaign, as Craig relayed in his review earlier this week, to make this nothing more than a generic shooter.
Lost Planet 3 is a tremendously boring game masquerading as a slightly interesting one. A backwards-looking game in many ways, Spark Unlimited's prequel returns to both the icy wastes and single-player focus of the first game in Capcom's weirdly resilient series, which has made it to a second follow-up despite never troubling the sales charts or particularly wowing reviewers.
You return to the iced-over planet of E.D.N. III in the clunking workman's boots of Jim Peyton, a salt-of-the-earth everyman type who, naturally, is just doing this for his family. "This", in the case of Lost Planet 3, means stomping about in his 30-foot mech like a gigantic, robotic odd-job man: mending frozen machinery, planting siphons in order to harvest the series' plot-driving T-Energy, and engaging in an awful lot of pest control. The pests in this case are Akrid, the bestial cannon fodder whose bodies run on Lost Planet's plot-juice and who clearly don't think much of Earth's industrial expansion to and exploitation of their home world.
It's while Lost Planet 3 establishes all this that the game reaches its delirious high point of slight interest. Peyton's I'm-just-an-ordinary-guy-me shtick might be a touch laboured, but it's more or less convincing. He is pleasant if bland company: one of the more likeable straight, white, young, male and power-armoured protagonists in a genre stuffed full of them, his motivations bringing a touch of human warmth to E.D.N.'s chilly environment.
Capcom has let go a number of employees from its US office.
Capcom expects Lost Planet 3, due out 30th August in Europe, to sell 1.2 million copies.
It's a hostile world out there, and if the countless creatures out for your blood don't bring you down then the harsh environment surely will. Lost Planet 3's Jim Peyton knows it, and so too does producer Andrew Szymanski, a man who's spent the past year weathering the storm of development, and the storm of negativity that's kicked up when you announce that you're handing the keys to a well-loved franchise over to a studio whose reputation still lingers in the gutter.
Capcom Japan has released a video showcasing multiplayer in Lost Planet 3.
Lost Planet 3 has been delayed two months to the end of August.
Capcom has announced that Lost Planet 3 will be released in Europe on 28th June. The US gets the game slightly earlier on 25th June.
Capcom's annual report is out, and one of the big ideas for the future is to shorten development cycles and pump out sequels more often.
Capcom president and COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto put it best:
I can smell the Germany on them from here.
Icy alien world adventure Lost Planet 3 has had its cover system revealed by developer Capcom at Gamescom.
It's getting realer! (It's that a thing, actually? 'Realer'? Well, whatever.) Today we're announcing that Resident Evil 6, DmC: Devil May Cry and Lost Planet 3 will all be playable at this year's Eurogamer Expo, taking place at London's Earls Court from 27th-30th September.
Capcom has announced EX Troopers, a Lost Planet 3 spin-off for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS.
Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Andriasang) describes EX Troopers as an action shooting game being developed by Shintaro Kojima of the Monster Hunter series.
EX Troopers shares the same world view as Lost Planet, but carries an anime visual style and a school themed story. It's about the fight between the snow pirates and Akrid aliens on EDN-3rd. You play Bren Turner, an academy graduate from EDN-2nd.
There's an awful lot riding on Resident Evil 6 - Capcom expects the upcoming survival horror to ship a whopping 7 million copies.
Hoth off the press.
"This is the closest that the franchise has come to my original vision," says Lost Planet's creator Kenji Oguro seconds before we first lay eyes on the surprise third entry in Capcom's extreme conditions action series. That may well be the case, but Lost Planet has had to travel some 5700 miles from where it was first conceived to get there.
Once the lights come up after an impressive and generous hands-off demo of Lost Planet 3, there's one image that lingers long after that of the stomping mechs facing off against giant enemy crabs against the cold, blue backdrop.
It's that logo in the lower-right of the screen as the credits fade in, revealing exactly who is behind this expansion of a series that started at the dawn of this generation of consoles, and a series that looks to be sending it off in no small amount of style. Spark Unlimited, it says - and anyone who can remember as far back as 2008 will forever associate the Californian developer with two of the most turgid games to grace this generation: Turning Point and Legendary: The Box.
Lost Planet 3 has been confirmed by a leaked trailer.
Sony's official PlayStation YouTube channel published the trailer, noticed by eagle-eyed NeoGAF posters, before quickly pulling the plug. Whoops!
It's packed with fancy CGI, confirms Spark Unlimited as developer and an early 2013 release window on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Spark is the creator of poorly received shooters Legendary: The Box and Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, and is rumoured to also be working on Battlefront 3.