Capcom Acquires Dead Rising 2 Dev Blue Castle

Blue Castle Games, the Canadian developer Capcom tasked with developing the sequel to its zombie-smashing game Dead Rising, has been acquired by...


Blue Castle Games, the Canadian developer Capcom tasked with developing the sequel to its zombie-smashing game Dead Rising, has been acquired by the Japanese developer and publisher, Joystiq reports.

The studio, also responsible for the baseball series The Bigs and MLB Front Office Manager, will now be known as Capcom Game Studios Vancouver.

"We take this responsibility very seriously," Blue Castle CEO Rob Barret said at the Tokyo Game Show today. "Capcom games have a certain flavour... we don't just want to make amazing games, we want to make amazing Capcom games."

Capcom's short relationship with Blue Castle has already proved profitable as the downloadable Dead Rising 2 prologue Case Zero broke Xbox Live Arcade sales records. Capcom's Keiji Inafune revealed at the show that it has now sold almost 500,000 units. Capcom announced today that a downloadable prologue is also in the works, titled Case West and co-starring the original Dead Rising's hero, Frank West.

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    September 15, 2010 9:49 AM

    Is this good or bad? I know we need more independent game companies... but wondering if this is really a good move or not...

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      September 15, 2010 10:00 AM

      I think it's a good move. Yes, they probably lost some independence there, but Capcom has a better oportunity to purse their interests of penetrating the Western market and Blue Castle are now backed up by the monster that Capcom is + lots of very important IPs to work on.

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        September 15, 2010 10:23 AM

        Depends on how much control Capcom forces. I wonder why they did it BEFORE DR2 comes out.

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          September 15, 2010 10:25 AM

          That was my first question as well, but perhaps it's because they expect DR2 to do well, which would raise the value (and therefore cost of acquisition) of the company. If they buy it before DR2 and it does great, then they end up getting part of the profits. If they buy it after DR2 does well, then they have to buy a game studio that is now worth a lot more. At least, this is my theory. I assume they were going to get a cut of the profits regardless, since it's a Capcom game.

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            September 15, 2010 10:27 AM

            I assume this also. Maybe if DR2 did really well Blue Castle would try to push other publishers to bid and be like HEY HEY LOOK AT HOW MUCH MONEY WE CAN MAKE YOU!

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        September 15, 2010 12:09 PM

        Capcom's got plenty of penetration in the western market you fool. Are we even talking about the same company?

        What they need is diversification. Nobody's heard of Blue Castle, but I suppose they proved themselves worthy with this project.

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          September 15, 2010 2:00 PM

          You are right. Capcom indeed have plenty of penetration in the western market. The only thing that I wish they do is better multiplatforming support. I know they are basically releasing each and every games they have in all platforms, but they still play favorites in terms of DLCs and exclusives. Hopefully they could make the extra stuff available for all platforms in their future games (or better yet, current and future ones).

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            September 15, 2010 4:51 PM

            I think they sell better in Japan then they do in the Western Market. Other then Street Fighter 4 doing really well I think most of there games have done less then stellar sales wise. Even Resident Evil 5 got its share of complaints. They still need a bit of a push in the western market, and they need a successful multiplayer shooter because we all know Lost Planet isn't doing it for them.

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