Capcom, Level-5 teaming up - Report

Keiji Inafune apparently confirms the Dead Rising 2 publisher is collaborating with studio on an undisclosed project; Professor Layton franchise sales hit 9.5 million units.

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The day after Capcom R&D chief Keiji Inafune heaped praise on Level-5, reports have surfaced that his employer and the Professor Layton studio are in a full-blown collaboration. When asked by Japanese business site Diamond Online (translated via the blog Andria Sang) if reports of a joint project were accurate, the Mega Man cocreator did not mince words.

Like Professor Layton's two heroes, Capcom and Level-5 are working closely together.
Like Professor Layton's two heroes, Capcom and Level-5 are working closely together.

"This rumor is true," Inafune reportedly said. "Right now, the two of us, with our staff, are working together on some truly interesting things. Even though [Level-5 CEO Akihiro] Hino is younger, he's someone I respect. I wanted to try working with him, so I contacted him." No further details about the project--or projects--were made public.

The plaudits for Hino apparently grew even more effusive. "The thing I most respect about Hino is his work ethic," beamed Inafune. "Before I met Hino, I had confidence in the amount of work I was doing, and even thought that maybe I was the hardest working person in the game industry. But after meeting him, I thought, 'I'm probably not number one.'"

Inafune went on to state that sales of Level-5's Professor Layton series have now surpassed 9.5 million units. The puzzle-solving DS franchise was recently updated with last week's North American debut of the critically praised Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. The title was among Bestbuy.com's top 10 best-selling games for its launch week, according to rankings released by the megaretailer.

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