There's some sad news this week coming out of Capcom’s Vancouver branch, the home of the Dead Rising series. Layoffs have hit the office, as part of a restructuring following, ostensibly, poor performance of Dead Rising 4 and a scope adjustment for the next entry. Amidst the layoffs and restructuring of the next Dead Rising, an unrelated, unannounced game has also been cancelled.
According to a source speaking to Kotaku, Capcom Vancouver has lost around 50 people from its total of around 250. The reorganization effort is apparently a response to the next Dead Rising growing to being over-scoped and under-staffed. The canceled game was reportedly an early prototype of an action game set in New York.
Capcom released a statement confirming the news, albeit not acknowledging the cancellation. Capcom says that around 30% of the Vancouver workforce has been affected by the restructuring. Capcom also says the remaining team is continuing to work on the newer, mobile Puzzle Fighter and of course, Dead Rising.