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Platform PS3, Win, 360 Publisher Capcom Developer Slant Six Games Release Date 03/20/2012

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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City review: FUBAR

At least Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City's premise doesn't feel like the goofy contrivance typical of the now-standard major-franchise side-story. The setup and genre fit together perfectly: circa the events of Resident Evil 2, archetypal evil corporation Umbrella had its own contingencies in place in the event that the situation at their Raccoon City research facilities went ugly, and the Umbrella Special Services Delta Team is part of that. A paramilitary group composed of eminently qualified psychopaths and burnouts, Delta Team's exploits are tailored to the idea of a squad-based third-person-shooter in the vein of SOCOM. There's even a great excuse for competitive multiplayer, with two opposing forces similarly equipped and equally motivated to kill each other. It's a...

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Meet the gay soldier you didn't know was in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Crispin Jettingham, the leader of the U.S. special Forces team of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, is gay, says writer and creative director Adam Bullied. "I know," he tells us, "because I created him." Earlier this year, Ubisoft writer Lucien Soulban spoke out against the current sales and marketing systems presenting a barrier to entry for new types of characters in AAA games. According to Soulban, developers aren't likely to introduce gay AAA characters any time soon for fear of the impact on sales. Don't ask, don't tell While game makers are only beginning to discuss the potential for gay and lesbian protagonists, Bullied has already introduced a character whose sexual orientation was cemented during early script development for Operation Raccoon City in 2011. Jettingham...

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Resident Evil producer says the series action-oriented focus may be revised

The next Resident Evil game may have less emphasis on action-oriented gameplay and more "horror and fear," according to series producer Masachika Kawata. He tells Videogamer that he's begun to reconsider the franchise's shift in tone based on response to recent Resident Evil titles. "Looking at user feedback from the last couple of games, I've started to slightly revise my opinion on that matter," Kawata told Videogamer in regard to the reception of Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. While elements of Resident Evil 6 were designed to appeal to the fan who prefers the series' horror leanings, the "big dumb action movie" vibe permeated the entire experience. "I still think it's important for us to challenge ourselves to include new elements in the games to keep...

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Vancouver studios shift to developing mobile games, lobbying government

Vancouver, British Columbia, has suffered from something of a game development exodus in recent years, as big studios have left town for better tax breaks, but remaining companies like Slant Six Games are responding by lobbying the government for similar financial support and making mobile games, reports The Vancouver Sun. Independent studio Slant Six previously developed console and handheld games for major publishers such as Sony Computer Entertainment (SOCOM series) and Capcom (Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City). But the company has had trouble competing with other studios in discussions with publishers for development deals, officials told the Sun, and the studio turned to mobile development last year after being forced to cut its staff to 75 from a peak of 150. According to...

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Resident Evil 4, Devil May Cry 4: Refrain discounted in Capcom iOS sale

Capcom is continuing its holiday sale with discounts on four iOS titles from now until Dec. 28. For the next week Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Devil May Cry 4: Refrain, Resident Evil 4 for iPad and Street Fighter 4 Volt will be available on iOS devices for $0.99. Earlier in the week Capcom announced its Steam and PlayStation Network sales, offering discounts on Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Online Edition and Resident Evil 4 HD for PSN, as well as Steam titles Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Street Fighter X Tekken, Devil May Cry 3 and 4 and more.

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Resident Evil 4, Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Online Edition discounted as part of Capcom sale

Capcom is holding a sale for its games on Steam and the PlayStation Network starting Dec. 20, with some titles receiving up to 50 percent off in discounts. On PSN, Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Online Edition will be discounted from $14.99 to $10.49 (PlayStation Plus members will have it discounted to $7.34) while Resident Evil 4 HD will drop from $19.99 to $13.99 ($9.79 for PlayStation Plus). For PC, Steam's holiday sale will see discounts applying to games like Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Street Fighter X Tekken, Devil May Cry 3 and 4 and more. The sale begins Dec. 20, 2012.

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Capcom's sales in the past six months up 55.7 percent from last year, breaking its own record

Capcom has had a good six months in the first half of this fiscal year after recording a 55.7 percent increase in net sales (45,538 yen) from the same period last year, according to its latest earnings report. In the six months ending on Sept. 30, Capcom announced that its operating income increased to 6,515 million yen (up 134.2 percent from the same time last year) and its ordinary income increased to 6,076 million yen (up 218.5 percent from the same term last year). Net income rose 355.1 percent from last year with a total of 4,125 million yen. Capcom pins much of the company's financial success in the first half of the fiscal year to the release of Resident Evil 6, which it says was "off to a good start" shipping 3.7 million units at the end of September (which has since risen to...

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Resident Evil games 50 percent off on Steam this week, still no PC release date for 'Resident Evil 6'

All Resident Evil games are 50 percent off on Steam this week as part of the service's Mid-Week Madness Sale, marking one week left until the release of Resident Evil 6 on consoles. Steam players can snag Resident Evil 5 for $9.99 or Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City for $24.99. All downloadable content for Raccoon City is on sale, as well as a bundle including the game and five pieces of expanded content for $38.94. Resident Evil 6 on Steam has yet to receive an official release date, although the service lists the game as coming in 2013. "We have never announced a formal date for the PC version, beyond the fact it will release after console," a representative for Capcom told Polygon. "We do not have a more specific date at this time." The game will hit PlayStation 3 and Xbox...

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Capcom records 290 percent profit

Capcom recorded a profit rise of 290 percent in its first quarter ending June 30, kicking off the fiscal year with a net income surge of 1.32 billion yen ($16.88 million) compared to the same quarter last year. The publisher opened the year on a strong note by increasing sales by 55.8 percent (18.62 billion yen, or $238.2 million) on last year's first quarter. Capcom attributed the rise in profits to the strong sales of Dragon's Dogma, which shipped more than one million copies worldwide, exceeding expectations in the domestic Japanese market. The success of Dragon's Dogma resulted in the publisher expressing interest in creating a Dragon's Dogma series, saying that the strong sales of the game have "set the stage" for a sequel. Capcom also reported the sales for Resident Evil:...

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Good Deal: Best Buy Summer Gaming Blowout

Best Buy's "Summer Gaming Blowout" sale is offering deep discounts on over 100 games and accessories for multiple platforms, both in store and online this week. While supplies last, frugal gamers can pick up games like Gears of War 3 and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City for $14.99. Assassin's Creed Revelations, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Just Dance 3, Brink, Medal of Honor, SOCOM 4, and Madden NFL 12 are each available for $9.99. Pilotwings Resort, Metroid: Other M, Steel Diver, and The Sims 3: Pets are available for $4.99 each. For the complete list of the discounted games and accessories, Best Buy has created an online "Summer Gaming Blowout" hub, where we can neither confirm or deny that we've added anything to a shopping cart that's currently calling our names.

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Capcom earnings drop in fiscal 2012, reform of Capcom U.S.A. imminent

Capcom's earnings for the 2012 fiscal year ending March 31st dropped 16 percent year-over-year due to a weaker video game release portfolio. According to the latest Capcom Investors Report, the publisher brought in 82.1 billion yen (a little over $1 billion) during the 2012 fiscal year. About 65 percent of those earnings came from its Consumer Online Games division, the branch responsible for the publishing of the company's console games. These include Monster Hunter Tri G, which sold 1.6 million units, as well as Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and Street Fighter x Tekken, both of which sold "over a million units." Despite earning the lion's share of the company's revenue (over the Mobile, Arcade and Amusement divisions), Consumer Online Games saw a 23.9 percent year-over-year...

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  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 03/20/2012
    • Publisher Capcom
    • Developer Slant Six Games
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    • Released 05/18/2012
    • Publisher Capcom
    • Developer Slant Six Games
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    • Released 03/20/2012
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