Capcom have some big names attached to their name, but when you look at their team over in Vancouver you can’t help but feel a little concerned for them. Earlier this year we reported that the team saw staff numbers being cut due to the latest Dead Rising game not meeting sales expectations. As stated in that article their focus had shifted to Puzzle Fighter on mobile and it seems that is about to come to an end too.
Last night Capcom announced on their blog that their Vancouver team will be returning to the Dead Rising franchise and that they will be closing down Puzzle Fighter:
As the studio is dedicating its focus to our flagship Dead Rising franchise, we have decided to sunset Puzzle Fighter. The game will be removed from app stores on July 1 and servers will be shut down on July 31. The game will still be playable until July 31 and today we are gifting all players 10,000 in-game gem currency. We are also making upcoming characters (Regina, Dr. Wily and Ada Wong) and stages (Darminor and Uroboros Laboratory) available for free for fans to enjoy up until this time. Regina and Dr. Wily will be available in-game later today, while Ada Wong and the new stages will be released on Monday April 23. Later today the game’s soundtrack will also be available to stream online for free via SoundCloud. In addition, the previous Classic Mode special limited event will be available at all times up until the server closure.
It’s never nice seeing a developer being pull by their arms all over the show, but to stay afloat in the business you need to do what is best to secure some sort of profit. The new Dead Rising will be a down-scaled version of the game, so let’s hope they somehow please fans of the series when that gets announced.