Dead Rising 2: Off the Record lurching Oct. 11?

Capcom announces release date of upcoming Frank West-led budget spin-off, then removes mention.

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Dead Rising 2: Off the Record--Capcom's $40 Frank West-led zombie game--was announced in April with a vague fall 2011 release window. Now, its publisher is having a tough time keeping the game's official release date off the record.

Frank West goes off the record this October, it seems.
Frank West goes off the record this October, it seems.

According to since-pulled announcements on the Capcom Europe blog and its Facebook page (viewable via Google search), Dead Rising 2: Off the Record will ship for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 11 in North America, followed by a European debut on October 14.

It is unclear as to why Capcom removed the release date announcement post, and as of press time, the publisher has not responded to GameSpot's request for comment or clarification on the matter.

As for the game, Off the Record offers an alternate storyline to last year's horror action game Dead Rising 2. Photojournalist West--the protagonist of the original Dead Rising--stars in the title, getting the scoop on a zombie outbreak in the Las Vegas-like Fortune City. In addition to the combo weapon feature introduced in Dead Rising 2, Off the Record will bring back the original game's photography feature, where players gain experience for snapping pics that are judged for their horror, drama, brutality, and erotic content.

Off the Record includes new missions, enemies, combo weapons, environments, items, and vehicles. The game will also feature technical improvements like reduced load times and better network performance for online play. Capcom is also promising "enhancements" to the save system and co-op modes.

For more on the forthcoming title, check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview of Dead Rising 2: Off the Record.

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