File this one under ‘unexpected developments’. Two years after Lost Planet 2 divided critics and fans, Capcom has announced plans to revive the series.
While the first two games were developed in-house by Capcom, the publisher will be calling in some outside help for Lost Planet 3. Development duties have been assigned to Spark Unlimited, a choice certain to raise a few eyebrows. The Californian studio is somewhat notorious for its work on bargain bin regulars Turning Point: Fall of Liberty and Legendary. This latest project therefore represents a huge opportunity for the developer to get back on track.
Perhaps in an attempt to erase memories of the most recent instalment, Capcom is positioning Lost Planet 3 as a prequel. Therefore the steamy jungles of the sequel are out and the icy wastelands of the original are back in fashion. As has become customary for the franchise, the new game will introduce a fresh protagonist. You’ll fill the boots of Jim, a working stiff forced to brave the perils of EDN III in order to put food on the table.
Expect to see Lost Planet 3 on 360, PS3 and PC in early 2013.