Lost Planet 3 announced

Lost Planet 3 announced

Capcom has announced a third entry in its Lost Planet series, due in early 2013 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Players are cast as Jim, a rig pilot who takes on a dangerous, but lucrative, contract on EDN III, the snowy planet on which the first game was set and the absence of which Keiji Inafune blamed for Lost Planet 2's poor reception.

Development duties have been passed to California studio Spark Unlimited, an odd choice given the studio's recent pedigree, with Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty and Legendary hardly setting the world on fire. Speaking to Eurogamer at Capcom's Captivate event in Rome last week, producer Andrew Szymanski defended the decision to get Spark involved.

"For people who wonder why we made that choice, it's certainly important to look at a track record and what people have done in the past, but that can't tell you the whole story," he said.

"Particularly when it comes to a collaborative effort – what we found is they've got the technical ability and the passion and the drive. I don't think Spark alone, or Capcom alone, could have created this – it had to be a collaborative effort."

Spark will have to do a better job than Grin, developer of the 2009 Bionic Commando reboot, and Slant Six, which produced recent tactical squad shooter Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. A better source of inspiration might be Vancouver studio Blue Castle Games: Capcom liked Dead Rising 2 so much it bought the company.