Capcom Vancouver, the studio behind the Dead Rising franchise, has been shut down by parent company Capcom. This came as a surprise to employees because it doesn't seem like they were given any notice. Given the fact that Capcom has seen a lot of success in recent years with franchises like Monster Hunter and Resident Evil, it's surprising that they would close Capcom Vancouver.
However, Capcom Vancouver was the only studio not producing critically-acclaimed experiences which broke records. According to various reports, Dead Rising 4 didn't sell that well even when it came to PlayStation 4, and we all know how critics scored it. This caused Capcom to shutter Capcom Vancouver and focus its resources on its Japanese talent.
This may be a result of the company's new strategy to focus on staple franchises. The studios that produce either blockbusters or critically-acclaimed games will survive. We've reached out to Capcom for comment and shall update you as soon as we know more. However, given the abrupt nature of the closure, the company may not want to provide any details.
Hopefully Capcom Vancouver's former employees will find positions soon. Compulsion Games — the recent Microsoft acquisition — is hiring out of Montreal. We wish them the best of luck for the future. There are a lot of positions open so maybe they will find jobs soon.
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