158 people laid off, as Capcom closes Burnaby video game studio

  • 158 people laid off, as Capcom closes Burnaby video game studio

158 people laid off, as Capcom closes Burnaby video game studio

To support this objective, new R&D facilities and annual hiring have been underway at the Osaka headquarters. The closure comes on the heels of a press release confirming that the studio's ongoing projects have been terminated.

Capcom Vancouver was primarily responsible for the Dead Rising series, which had been in a bit of a rut as Dead Rising 4 did not land well with fans.

Capcom said the Vancouver studio will officially be shuttered in early 2019, and that 158 people will be laid off due to its closure. After this time, a skeleton crew will continue the studio's operations until the company organizes its final organizations and logistics of its closure.

Beyond news that the projects have been cancelled, a statement to Kotaku said Capcom plans to "concentrate development of major titles in Japan". The studio also produced a mobile version of Puzzle Fighter, which did not last long before being shut down.

Capcom says it expects to record about $52 million in losses from the cancelled projects. "We appreciate the hard work and contributions of all the studio team members in creating unforgettable gameplay experiences for the Dead Rising series and Puzzle Fighter", the representative said.

Capcom Vancouver, headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, initially opened its doors in 2005 as Blue Castle Games. The statement specifically namechecks adventure title Monster Hunter: World - and its record-breaking performance on both console and PC - as an anchor that will offset this incredible financial loss.