Although Capcom officially says it's a restructure as a result of a "regular periodic assessment", Kotaku's sources have more specific information. Prior, the Vancouver-based studio had around 250 employees.
Around 50 jobs were cut over in Capcom's Vancouver office which was "part of a shift" that also sees an unannounced game getting cancelled at the studio. The studio most recently put out Puzzle Fighter on mobile, and Dead Rising 4: Frank's Big Package.
The anonymous source, apparently familiar with the company and various social media posts, states that these significant layoffs are aimed at not only streamlining the company, but to also focus on tackling the next entry in the Dead Rising series. Due to the lack of success of Dead Rising 4, the company is likely switching things up to try and get the series back on the right track. This would mean that 20 percent of staff were laid off as opposed to 30 percent.
The company was formerly known as Blue Castle Games, working on a number of Major League Baseball titles before collaborating with Capcom on Dead Rising 2. One unannounced and unnamed project that was being worked on by Capcom Vancouver has ended up being scrapped altogether. Secondly, it looks like we can expect more Dead Rising in the future.
As always, our best wishes go out to the former Capcom Vancouver employees who were affected by today's layoffs.
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