20 staff members from Capcom Vancouver (formally Blue Castle Games) have been laid off the studio confirmed via their official twitter account. After publishing 4 Dead Rising titles in two years (Dead Rising 2 & Off the Record where standalone titles and Case: West/ Case: Zero where downloadable) it is understanding that they would want to work on a brand new IP. It is unknown if these lay off will affect the development of their as yet unannounced game.
Capcom did issue a statement to Joystiq sometime after the intial tweet from Capcom Vancouver. It read as follows:
“Capcom Vancouver has laid off 20 staff as part of its regular periodic assessment of overall studio goals. The studio is actively hiring talented staff to support its goal of delivering high quality games.”
We wish every affected by these layoffs the best. It is always hard to write about people in the gaming industry losing their job, regardless if it is from a major publisher like Capcom or a smaller studio.