We reported yesterday that Capcom has cancelled several projects at their Vancouver studio. Now, news has hit the internet that Capcom will be closing down Capcom Vancouver, their Canadian subsidiary primarily known for its work on Dead Rising 2,3, and 4.
In a statement circulated to various outlets, Capcom says it “has been focused on increasing the efficiency and growth of its game development operations. To support this objective, new R&D facilities and annual hiring have been underway at the Osaka headquarters. In consideration of this process, as a result of reviewing titles in development at Capcom Vancouver, Capcom has decided to cancel the development projects at this studio and will concentrate development of major titles in Japan.”
Capcom concluded the statement with, “We appreciate the hard work and contributions of all the studio team members in creating unforgettable gameplay experiences for the Dead Rising series and Puzzle Fighter.”
In a statement made to Kotaku by a Capcom Rep, it is mentioned that, 158 people will be losing their jobs as a result of this shutdown. A skeleton crew will remain until January 2019 to finalize closure operations and logistics.
We can never get used to the news of a game studio closing its door forever. Such a shame that we won’t get to see what the developers were working on before closure.