Capcom has closed its Vancouver studio, the team behind Dead Rising and Puzzle Fighter.
Capcom confirmed gamesindustry.biz that:
Capcom is currently reviewing the allocation of its development resources that support the production of world-class content. Capcom has been focused on increasing the efficiency and growth of its game development operations. To support this objective, new R&D facilities and annual hiring have been underway at the Osaka headquarters. In consideration of this process, as a result of reviewing titles in development at Capcom Vancouver, Capcom has decided to cancel the development projects at this studio and will concentrate development of major titles in Japan.
As part of this overall direction, the CV studio will suspend operations, effective today, so the current staff will be laid off and the office will be closed.
The closure will impact 158 employees who work at Capcom Vancouver Studios at a cost of restructuring of $40.2 million dollars.