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The ‘Dead Rising’ Series’ is Dead: Capcom Vancouver Shuts Down

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After putting out three sequels and announcing the fifth installment for the Dead Rising series, GamesIndustry reports that Capcom Vancouver has been officially shut down. All in-progress projects are now cancelled as a result of the shut down, including the new Dead Rising project (making it more dead than the zombies themselves). It’s truly unfortunate that Vancouver’s termination is the result of monetary prioritization by Capcom, but just like a zombie apocalypse, business is all about surviving.

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Signs of the studio’s closing were foreshadowed in February when Capcom began downsizing and laying off developers at the Vancouver location. These layoffs affected production on Vancouver’s ambitious vision for the new Dead Rising project, and ensured the cancellation of the studio’s unnamed third person action title.

Capcom’s shut down of it’s Vancouver studio coupled with the project cancellations has reportedly cost the company $40 million; however, considering the release of Monster Hunter World in January, combined with preorders for Resident Evil 2 Remake, Capcom should still manage to make a net profit.

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Capcom issued a statement to GameIndustry about the business move, stating:

“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 [9/18/2019], so the current staff will be laid off and the office will be closed.”

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Putting an end to Dead Rising evokes a deep sense of disappointment considering that the series was making a return to the over-the-top goofy content with the DLC Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha Prime and Frank’s Big Package. Dead Rising provided a plethora of insane moments and game mechanics like the boss fights (Adam the Clown being a favorite of mine), combining unlikely items to make handheld weapons of mass destruction (anyone remember combining diamonds and flashlights to make beam swords?), and managing your in game time to pick and choose who you would save or abandon in your playthroughs. Hopefully, Capcom will reinvest in Dead Rising so we can find out what Vancouver had in store for us with the mysterious new project.

A few Vancouver staff members will be left at the studio to oversee the shut down until January 2019.

While a shame to see Dead Rising fall, we have good news for another extraordinary video game title that has brought life into the Switch market: Dead Cells. If you are considering picking up Dead Cells for your Switch (or PC), you can check our article giving our take on the title!

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‘Beetlejuice Beetlejuice’ Star Jenna Ortega Drops Major Clues For Character Astrid Deetz, Daughter of Lydia

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Michael Keaton was out this week comparing the Beetlejuice sequel to the original. Best of all he says that it will be highly based in practical effects. Now, Jenna Ortega is spilling tea on her character Astrid Deetz. As we already know, Ortega’s character is the daughter of Lydia Deetz and is also strange and unusual.

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While speaking with Vanity Fair, Ortega got a chance to talk about Beetlejuice Beetlejuice. The Tim Burton-directed sequel is a return to what we loved about the first film according to a couple of its stars. Keaton and Ortega are very happy with what they have seen and that makes us all kinds of excited to see it. As long as the model town is all practical and handcrafted and not CGI I’m happy.

“I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say, but I am Lydia Deetz’s daughter, so I’ll give that away,” Ortega said. “She’s weird, but in a different way and not in the way you’d assume, I would say. The relationship between Lydia and Astrid, my character, is very important. And it’s also really strange because it’s a lot of catching up and putting the pieces together of what’s gone on in Lydia’s life since, which is nice, I think for anybody who loves the character and is excited to see her again.”

It is great to hear that Ortega is excited about a film like this being in theaters again and a whole new generation of kids able to adopt the dialogue and to start to choose to dress in black. A whole new generation of goth kids could be in the making, y’all.

“I feel like studios nowadays, of course, they want people in seats and you’ve got to do reboots or sequels or things like that to get people entwined, but to bring ‘Beetlejuice’ back — of all of the stories –is so good because people need to revisit weird, strange, off-putting stories again. We need to introduce the younger generation that’s always on the phone to new artistic and creative ideas. The weirder you get with it, the more people you can get to see it, I think will probably do a lot for film in general.” Ortega told Vanity Fair.

The synopsis for Beetlejuice went like this:

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.

This sounds like a great character. Plus, it will be wonderful to catch up with Lydia as well. I mean, who is Astrid’s dad? Is he still alive? So many questions!

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice arrives in theaters beginning September 5.

Are you all excited about the sequel? Let us know in the comments section.

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Barbara Crampton Joins ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ in Latest DLC

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Gun has been knocking it out of the park recently with their massively successful Texas Chainsaw Massacre game. And now horror fans have something else to be excited about. The horror legend herself, Barbara Crampton (From Beyond) will be making an appearance in the game’s newest DLC.

Barbara has told Fangoria that she will be added in the game as a new mom character. Fans of Gun’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre game have already applauded the company for their fan service and their ability to respond to fans and keep the game updated with new features. This just shows how much the company truly understands horror fans.

Turns out, Barbara Crampton is a huge Texas Chainsaw Massacre fan from way back. In an Instagram post, she had the following to say: “probably my favorite movie of all time is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre… I was 22 and I couldn’t finish it.”

Not only that, but she is also friends with the amazing Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Here is what she had to say about him: “My favorite character is Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface… He sat right next to me at my first convention and helped me… we became good friends after that.”

Barbara Crampton in Re-Animator (1985)

So not only do we have horror royalty joining the game, but Barbara Crampton is also friends with the OG Leatherface as well as being a lifelong fan. Hopefully, this will spell success for the game’s upcoming DLC. Not that it was unlikely to be a hit with horror fans in the first place. Gun has a proven track record of delivering just what fans are hoping for.

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‘Tales from the Crypt’ Publisher, EC Comics is Being Brought Back to Life at Oni Comics

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After seventy years of being shut down, the iconic EC Comics is coming back by way of Oni Comics. Originally founded as an educational comics brand, it would later become a publisher known for its horror comics and tales to keep you up late at night. William Gaines lead the way and during his time we were gifted with a run of comics such as Tales From the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, and of course Weird Science among others. Founded in 1944 and running to 1956 it was eventually shut down due to claims that comic books were affecting the minds of our adolescents. After reaching Congress the issue was large enough to take down the small comics publisher.

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Original Cover art for EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

Of course, later on, HBO would take Tales From the Crypt and reboot it for television with a whole new generation. However, for comic collectors, it was up to either visiting select digital archives online or purchasing old issues by way of auction. It is exciting to hear that Oni Comics is going to bring EC Comics back to life.

“EC Comics is one of the most artistically important and culturally significant publishers of all time. In ways both artful and shocking, EC confronted the darkness lurking behind the thin facade of American society — a throughline of radically confrontational storytelling that we intend to both uphold and escalate with the first new EC tales in decades. We’re challenging ourselves to evolve EC’s relentless energy and fearless sensibilities in ways never before attempted. These are intense comics for our intense times.“ Oni Comics Publisher, Hunter Gorinson said.

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Cover art from EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

The first two comics under the new partnership are two new anthology titles that both lend themselves to the flair of their classics. First up Epitaphs from the Abyss followed by Cruel Universe. You can check out the cover for Cruel Universe at the bottom of the page.

Although the partnership is said to not be about nostalgia, we are still hoping that following some of these new titles we do get a special revisit for Tales from the Crypt or one of the other classics.

Epitaphs From the Abyss is due out in stores beginning this July. Cruel Universe is set to arrive in August.

What do you think about the Oni Comics bringing back EC Comics? Let us know in the comments section.

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Cover for EC Comics upcoming title.

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