Capcom breaches Blue Castle Games

Japanese publisher buys Canadian developer of Dead Rising 2; studio to be renamed Capcom Games Studio Vancouver.

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TOKYO--With the upcoming zombie-slaying action game Dead Rising 2, Japanese publisher Capcom decided to do things differently, handing off development reins to Blue Castle Games. The Canadian company was previously best known for the sports title The Bigs, making many wonder whether Capcom had found the right fit for the sequel to its popular undead action game. It seems Capcom has been happy with the results so far, as the publisher announced the acquisition of Blue Castle Games at its pre-Tokyo Game Show event today.

Chuck's pre-Dead Rising 2 adventures have sold well.

Capcom global head of production Keiji Inafune said Blue Castle would be renamed Capcom Games Studio Vancouver but didn't disclose the financial terms of the deal. "We've reached an agreement, we've shaken hands, and we're moving forward," Inafune said, adding that the acquisition was part of Capcom's global strategy of better targeting Western gamers.

While the fruits of Capcom and the former Blue Castle Games have yielded only one released title so far--the Xbox 360-exclusive Dead Rising 2 prequel Case Zero--the initial results have been positive. Inafune announced some sales figures for the downloadable title, saying it had sold 500,000 units in its first two weeks of release. Dead Rising 2 is due for release globally at the end of September.

Discussion

13 comments
X-RS
X-RS

makes sense, with the amount of cash theyve racked, face it, any company out there would have bought them up cept they already founded a relationship with capcom.

sony_is_my_idol
sony_is_my_idol

bad move capcom ,dead rising 2 will be like crackdown 2

portal-fan21
portal-fan21

I say Cap Castle but good capcom needs a company and evreyone is in canada

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

all these companies buying developers and changing their names gets confusing... why not just call it: Capcom Blue Castle. So we have the name of the publisher as a prefix, with the name of the studio as a suffix. Kinda like a first and last name. Name of the family followed by the individuals name.

metalkid9
metalkid9

I had no idea dead rising was made by canadian devs. canada ftw!!

AmplifiedHitman
AmplifiedHitman

@TWiSTEDmerc They changed the name to get more recognition. While "Blue Castle Games" sounds kind of cool, they will get more notice when people drive by their HQ and see the words "Capcom Games Studio" on their signs. Capcom is long established, and Blue Castle execs probably helped come up with the name change. It's actually a smart move, in my opinion. Maybe their logo with be the Capcom logo superimposed on the top of a 'castle' logo....

cynicalundead
cynicalundead

I know if I owned a game company I'd rather be called Capcom than Blue Castle.

TWiSTEDmerc
TWiSTEDmerc

That's awesome; but why can't 'Blue Castle Games' keep its name? It sounds a hell of a lot more unique 'Capcom Games Studio Vancouver'.

razorzs
razorzs

wow.. and the good news is this it's coming to your pc too.. :)

Kajiuro
Kajiuro

So does this mean there will be a new Dead Rising every year or so? God damnit Capcom.