Dead Rising reanimating on PS3?
Source: A comment from Capcom's John Diamonon on the official PlayStation Blog. The official story: "Dead Rising: Chop 'til You Drop coming for the Wii!"--Tight-lipped and promotion-minded Capcom senior communications director Chris Kramer. What we heard: Last Friday, Diamonon posted the latest in...
Source: A comment from Capcom's John Diamonon on the official PlayStation Blog.
The official story: "Dead Rising: Chop 'til You Drop coming for the Wii!"--Tight-lipped and promotion-minded Capcom senior communications director Chris Kramer.
What we heard: Last Friday, Diamonon posted the latest in a series of behind-the-scenes looks at Bionic Commando Rearmed to the PlayStation Blog, and in a display of dedication to the message, spent the weekend posting personal replies to nearly every commenter. On Sunday night, a user going by the name renanbianchi posted a note applauding Capcom for its support of the PlayStation 3 and begging for a new installment of Dead Rising.
Diamonon answered the plea, simply saying, "You haven't seen the last of Dead Rising." When another poster asked if that was confirmation of Dead Rising for PS3, he replied that he was "not confirming anything, just hoping." After a bit more pestering, he finally just said, "There's nothing more I can say regarding DR except that you'll have to wait and see."
As Kramer pointed out, gamers already knew they hadn't seen the last of Dead Rising, as there is a Dead Rising game coming out for the Wii. Unfortunately, it's simply a port of the original game reworked for Nintendo's console to incorporate the motion-sensing Wii Remote.
Whether or not Diamonon was cruelly toying with Capcom fans' hopes by obliquely referring to the Wii edition of the game in a way that was open to interpretation, a new Dead Rising should be seen as inevitable at this point. According to the industry-tracking NPD Group, the game has sold more than 850,000 copies at US retailers alone. In early 2007, Capcom executive vice president Mark Beaumont called it "a new franchise that we can use for years to come."
As for Dead Rising coming to the PS3 specifically, that doesn't seem to be implied in Diamonon's statement so much as inferred by readers based on where the comment was appearing. A port of the original would seem a bit dated, but that didn't stop Oblivion, BioShock, or Capcom's own Lost Planet from belatedly making the jump to Sony's console. And if there is a sequel, the realities of development would almost require a cross-platform approach.
Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus. Publishers don't take on all the risk and expense of creating an original game and marketing it to death just to abandon it after one shot. They mine it for all it's worth, and the Dead Rising mine in particular is far from exhausted. Like the shambling corpses that litter the Willamette Park View Mall food court, Dead Rising will return. It's just a matter of "when," not "if."