It is now confirmed that Capcom has fully shut down its Vancouver dev studio because of some financial issues. According to recent stories, some trouble has been brewing up for quite some time now as the studio recently cut down a little over 20% of its staff. This eventually led the studio to the cancellation of an action and adventure IP based in New York, USA back in February 2018.
Later on, after getting the heavy blow, the studio focused their efforts on the upcoming Dead Rising 5. But as the new reports are coming in, Capcom has decided to pull the plug over Dead Rising 5 too. Moreover, the Capcom Vancouver studio has also been shut down for good.
According to Capcom in a recent statement issued to Kotaku:
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. A skeleton crew will remain until January 2019 to finalize closure operations and logistics. 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.
One of the lead design directors at Capcom Vancouver, Aidan Scanlan has also confirmed this news on Twitter. Following is his recent tweet on the news.
Unfortunately Capcom Vancouver shuttered today. I’m in a bit of a shock, but if you know of anyone looking for an 18 year experienced game designer send them my way. Spread the word!
— Aidan Scanlan (@aidanscanlan) September 18, 2018
It is now also confirmed that the closure of Capcom Vancouver studio will cost them a whopping $40 million. As an estimate over 150 jobs have also been lost.
The news of shuttering down the Vancouver studio is a shocker to all the Dead Rising series fans. Fans were, in fact, waiting for it to come out. But, as the studio closure is now confirmed, fans are in a bit uneasy situation. Hopefully, we will hear good news about the Dead Rising 5 soon. We’ll keep an eye out for the latest about the game.