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Platform 360, PS3, Win Publisher Capcom Developer Spark Unlimited Release Date 2013-08-27

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Lost Planet 3 review: snow day

While the original Lost Planet marked Capcom’s entrance into "next-gen" when it came out six years ago, 2010’s follow up failed to keep up the series’ momentum. With that, Capcom handed the keys to the snow-bound kingdom to California-based developer Spark Unlimited. Spark Unlimited’s solution to Lost Planet’s sophomore slump: to take the series back before the original, and to completely rebuild the game’s basic structure from linear third-person shooting to something more open. In that regard, Spark Unlimited has made something more interesting than the glut of competent shooters out there. But Lost Planet 3 has trouble finding the gameplay competency of those games in some very basic ways. Lost Planet 3 is full of on-the-nose corollaries between a future Earth's societal issues...

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Lost Planet 3 multiplayer servers are saved following GameSpy closure

Lost Planet 3 is getting a new update today following the successful migration of its online services, Capcom-Unity announced. The server migration is part of an effort to keep multiplayer servers running following GameSpy's closure. The Glu Mobile-owned service that once provided multiplayer functionality for dozens of games on consoles, computers and mobile devices, shut down May 31.Titles from a wide variety of publishers, including 2K Games, Activision, Bethesda Softworks, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Sega and Ubisoft have all been affected. The downloadable title update is slated to go live on Steam at 1 a.m. PST, which means it'll likely be ready to go when you wake up this morning. Unfortunately, because of the new server, multiplayer leader boards and the cinematic gallery...

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Here's what you need to know about Capcom's GameSpy-affected titles

As a result of GameSpy Technology's shutdown, several of Capcom's titles are migrating to new services, community manager Brett Elston announced via Capcom-Unity. Street Figher 3: Third Strike Online Edition and Marvel vs. Capcom Origins have already been migrated to new services with "no issues," Elston wrote. Lost Planet 3 for PlayStation 3 and Windows PC, meanwhile, is in the process of migrating now. "Migration to a new service has already begun, so we're not anticipating any online downtime," Elston wrote. "However, due to switching servers the leaderboards and current play stats will be reset. We'll have more information about the reset soon, so please check back. (Note the X360 version is unaffected.)" All versions of Age of Booty and Flock! will not be transferred. Both will...

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Monster Hunter 4 boosts Capcom's full-year profits

Capcom released its financial results for the year ended March 31, 2014, revealing both sales and profits were up for the company in part due to the success of Monster Hunter 4. The game publisher noted sales of 102.2 billion yen (roughly $1 billion) for the full year, with profits of 3.4 billion yen ($33.8 million), an increase of 15 percent compared to the previous fiscal year. Capcom highlighted the "explosive popularity" of Monster Hunter 4 as well as strong sales for Dead Rising 3 and Resident Evil Revelations for its successful year. Monster Hunter 4 launched in September 2013 in Japan and has since sold 4.1 million units, making it Capcom's sixth best selling video game. Likewise, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen was said to show "firm sales" while Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual...

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Capcom reports $736 million in net sales despite poor Lost Planet 3 performance

Capcom reports a 3.5 percent year-on-year net sales increase of 75,221 million yen ($736 million), according to its latest financial results for the nine months ended Dec. 31, 2013, revealing an operating income decrease of 13. 4 percent to 8,521 million yen ($83 million). Ordinary income decreased by 8 percent to 9,251 million yen ($90 million) and net income for the period decreased by 10.3 percent to 5,957 million yen ($58 million) over the same period last year. The forecast for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2014 remains unchanged from projected financial results revealed in May last year. The company projects an operating income of 12,000 million yen ($117 million) and net sales of 97,000 million yen ($949 million) for the fiscal year. Capcom states that the...

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WGA Videogame Writing Award nominations include Assassin's Creed 4 and The Last of Us

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, God of War: Ascension,The Last of Us and Lost Planet 3 are nominated for the Writers Guild of America Videogame Writing Award, the organization announced today. Story writers and scriptwriters Darby McDevitt, Mustapha Mahrach, Jean Guesdon, Jill Murray, Nicholas Grimwood and Mark Llabres Hill are nominated for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Warner Bros. Interactive's narrative director Dooma Wendschuh, senior narrative designer Ryan Galletta and writer Corey May are up to receive the award for Batman: Arkham Origins. Sony Computer Entertainment writers Marianne Krawczyk and Ariel Lawrence are nominated for their work on God of War: Ascension. Writer Neil Druckmann is up for Sony's The Last of Us. Head writer Richard Gaubert, along with writers Orion...

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Capcom drops prices on digital Remember Me, Okami HD, more

Capcom cut prices for the downloadable versions of some recent releases yesterday, including Remember Me and Okami HD. HexaDrive's high-definition remaster of Clover Studio's PlayStation 2 cult classic Okami is now available for $13.99 on PlayStation Network, 30 percent cheaper than its previous price of $19.99. Capcom also implemented permanent price drops on both PSN and the Xbox Games Store for three of its 2013 releases. Dontnod Entertainment's Remember Me (originally $59.99), Spark Unlimited's Lost Planet 3 (orig. $59.99) and Capcom's Resident Evil: Revelations HD (orig. $49.99) are each available for $39.99 now.

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Capcom's income in the past six months up 20 percent from last year, breaks own sales record

Capcom reported that its net income increased by 20 percent over the previous year to ¥4,950 million ($50.4 million) in the first half of this fiscal year, according to its latest earnings report. According to the company, sales and income for the six month period broke its record for the first half of a fiscal year since the company's first consolidated mid-term financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001. For the period, its ordinary income increased by 34.8 percent over the previous year to ¥8,190 million ($83 million). Its net sales increased by 16.9 percent over the previous term to ¥53,234 million  ($54.8 million) and operating income increased by 15.2 percent to ¥7,509 million ($76.5 million). According to Capcom, the amusement machine version of  Devil May Cry...

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Lost Planet 'almost reinvents itself' in every entry

The Lost Planet series retains a consistent personality while still managing to "almost re-invent itself," producer Andrew Szymanski told Kotaku. Lost Planet 3, the most recent entry in the franchise, launched in late August. It was a prequel of sorts, taking place before the events of the first Lost Planet. Speaking with Kotaku on how a new game could improve on the last, Szymanski explained that the team would first seek balance "while still injecting fresh new ideas." "One of the lessons that we learned in hindsight is that we don't need to reinvent the wheel each time," Szymanski said. "Leveraging more of the past gameplay conceits and over-the-top ‘Capcom-style' elements could have served us well by making sure that previous games inform not only the world and its components, but...

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New maps landing for Lost Planet 3

Capcom has announced plans for six paid maps for Lost Planet 3, due to be launched in the "near future." Spark Unlimited's third-person sci-fi shooter Lost Planet 3 launched earlier this week, with Polygon reviewer Arthur Gies scoring the game 7.0 and describing it as a well structured adventure that suffers from some technical problems. The new maps, revealed on Capcom's blog, are called Convoy Chasm, Inferno, Octagon, Siege, Spire and Synapse. "We will soon be offered up giving you some different arenas to battle Snow Pirates and NEVEC forces," offered Capcom's Neil Gorton. "More details when we get them."

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  • Xbox 360
    • Released 08/27/2013
    • Publisher Capcom
    • Developer Spark Unlimited
    • Score 7.0
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 08/27/2013
    • Publisher Capcom
    • Developer Spark Unlimited
  • Windows
    • Released 08/27/2013
    • Publisher Capcom
    • Developer Spark Unlimited
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