While Capcom has had success in the West in recent years with hits like Resident Evil 5, Super Street Fighter IV, and Dead Rising, Inafune said the publisher was "barely keeping up" with the changing industry. Lost Planet 2 in particular was a step back for the company, as Inafune called the developers who made it "misguided." He said they made it too much like Monster Hunter, which is exceptionally popular in Japan but has met with limited success in Europe and North America. "I want to make games that travel overseas, but Capcom hasn't taken globalization seriously," Inafune said. "I want to study how Westerners live, and make games that appeal to them."
Very sad to hear that the producer for LP2 thinks this about his own game.
The problem is he doesn't really understand why LP2 bombed. Not because it was a bad game, but because Capcom USA did not do enough to suck up to the game reviewers.
LP2 coop demo had been out for 6 months for everyone to see what the game was like. The full game played just like the demo except for a few changes. Therefore the gameplay was hardly a surprise to Western reviewers. The reviews were down right lies citing the game had broken levels. On the contrary, LP2 had none of the broken levels nor broken models like RDR debarcle such as the donkey woman. The levels were perfect, they just needed proper cooperation and thought on how to defeat the bosses. A real face palm moment for so called gaming professionals who can't work out how to play a game without detailed hints on screen.
What LP2 lacked also was a n00b difficulty setting. Basically with everything painted out to you in the first level so that people who can't figure things out are spoon fed.
So what can we do as fans of Lost Planet 2?
I encourage people to write to Capcom USA and tell them what you really think of the game. Offer constructive criticism as well as you see fit.
Capcom U.S.A., Inc. Capcom Entertainment, Inc. 800 Concar Drive, Suite 300 San Mateo, CA 94402-2649 (650) 350-6500 main number
I'm not surprised. One of my favorite PS2 games was Ghost in the Shell. Which if you any of you played was basically exactly how Lost Planet 2 was, which was an amazing welcome to my game library. Already talked 5 of my friends into Lost Planet 2 so we can at least have some fun online matches.
So, basically, CAPCOM puts plans for Lp3 on hold indefinitely, and is currently focusing on a DMC that panders to western audiences?
Oh, Sweet, Merciful Jesus...
And a side note. I approve of this topic and that Monster Hunter is totally freakin' awesome, with one glaring exception in the franchise. Monster Hunter Eunuch(Tri). That installment was a farce, and a slap in the face to any REAL MH fan. I'd rather there not be an Lp3, than to see CAPCOM completely bend it over and "westernize" it like they did with MH and Tri.
INNOVATIVE FIRST PERSON PERSPECTIVE PUTS YOU IN THE ACTION REGENERATING HEALTH KEEPS YOU IN THE ACTION AKRID REPLACED WITH ZOMBIE SPACE GUYS ALL CHARACTERS ARE NOW SPACE MARINES WITH A BUNCH OF BUMPS ON THEIR CYBORG ARMOR DEVELOPED BY WESTERN STUDIO YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT!! FEEL THE ANGST OF THESE SOLDIERS OF WAR IN AN EPIC GRIPPING STORY OF REVENGE AND VENGEANCE OUT FOR BLOOD