Capcom’s back catalog is currently available cut-price on Steam and if you haven’t played 2006’s Dead Rising yet then you’ve plenty of time to plow through it before the sequel is upon us. Originally set for release on August 31 in the US and on September 3 in Europe, Dead Rising 2 won’t be landing until October 1 in both regions.
Fans of the first game will be disappointed, but with Capcom having announced the inclusion of a co-op mode in Dead Rising 2, an extra month of development time may turn out to be just what the doctor ordered. Lost Planet 2 was widely criticized for failing to provide a balanced single-player experience, whilst the single-player element of Resident Evil 5 has also been called into question at times. Let’s hope that the devs use the extra time to make sure that all areas of the finished product are given a similar level of polish.
In reality, would-be zombie slayers may not have to wait until October to get their next fix: a previous Capcom press release announced that Dead Rising 2 will be preceded by a DLC release that will help to bridge the gap between the events of the first game and those of the sequel. Provisionally titled Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, we’re reliably informed that the release will consist of “unique content not available in the full retail release of Dead Rising 2 and will introduce new protagonist Chuck Greene as he and his daughter find themselves caught in the desert town of Still Creek that has been overrun with zombies.”
It remains unclear whether or not Dead Rising: Case Zero has been delayed along with the full retail release but we should expect to hear it creeping up behind us sometime soon.