Capcom Vancouver, the studio largely in charge of the Dead Rising series, has laid off a number of its staff, according to reports.
A Kotaku report suggested the studio has laid off 50 people as part of a “reorganization aimed to streamline the company.” The layoffs will impact the next Dead Rising game, which Kotaku reported is “over-scoped and under-staffed.” A Capcom representative confirmed the layoffs to IGN.
“Capcom Vancouver has undergone a restructure which has impacted approximately 30 percent of the studio, as part of its regular periodic assessment of upcoming projects and overall studio goals,” Capcom said. “The team is continuing to work hard to support the recent release of Puzzle Fighter for mobile and is dedicated to its flagship Dead Rising series.”
Capcom Vancouver’s unannounced project, reportedly in the very early stages of prototyping, has also been canceled, according to Kotaku. The game was reportedly to be set in alternate-reality New York and a third-person title.
The studio’s free-to-play puzzle game Puzzle Fighter was released on Android and iOS in November 2017 and features a number of Capcom characters, including Ryu, Frank West, and Chun-Li.