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Capcom Delays Dead Rising 2: Case Zero In Japan

And it isn't saying when we'll see it.

Capcom's pre-DLC Dead Rising 2: Case Zero might not make its Western launch tomorrow as expected. According to a Famitsu report, Case Zero's Japan launch is being pushed back by Capcom Japan because of an unspecified issue with the downloadable's demo. Kotaku says in its report that "elements were discovered in the trial versions that are not appropriate for the free demo [of Case Zero]," which sounds a lot like Capcom found a full-game unlock bug, but that's just my speculation.

Continuing to be cagey about this ordeal, Capcom Japan didn't state what the game's new release date is or how this problem might affect other versions of the exclusive Xbox 360 content. But it seems safe to assume that if the Japanese version of Case Zero's demo is somehow broken, the others are as well.  
 
We've contacted Capcom to ask what's up with all of this.
 
 
 
Dead Rising: Case Zero is an ambitious downloadable title. Built with the Dead Rising 2 engine, it supposedly fills the gap between the two Dead Rising games. It takes place two years after the events of Dead Rising and a whopping three years before the September-bound Dead Rising 2. You'll control Chuck Greene, the protagonist of the forthcoming second game, in a quest to save his daughter from a zombie bite. All of Dead Rising 2's systems, including the weapon forging, will be useable whenever it launches. 
 
UPDATE: The English version of the game has not been delayed, according to a Capcom representative who talked to Joystiq. Expect it tomorrow! 
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Posted by BradNicholson
Capcom's pre-DLC Dead Rising 2: Case Zero might not make its Western launch tomorrow as expected. According to a Famitsu report, Case Zero's Japan launch is being pushed back by Capcom Japan because of an unspecified issue with the downloadable's demo. Kotaku says in its report that "elements were discovered in the trial versions that are not appropriate for the free demo [of Case Zero]," which sounds a lot like Capcom found a full-game unlock bug, but that's just my speculation.

Continuing to be cagey about this ordeal, Capcom Japan didn't state what the game's new release date is or how this problem might affect other versions of the exclusive Xbox 360 content. But it seems safe to assume that if the Japanese version of Case Zero's demo is somehow broken, the others are as well.  
 
We've contacted Capcom to ask what's up with all of this.
 
 
 
Dead Rising: Case Zero is an ambitious downloadable title. Built with the Dead Rising 2 engine, it supposedly fills the gap between the two Dead Rising games. It takes place two years after the events of Dead Rising and a whopping three years before the September-bound Dead Rising 2. You'll control Chuck Greene, the protagonist of the forthcoming second game, in a quest to save his daughter from a zombie bite. All of Dead Rising 2's systems, including the weapon forging, will be useable whenever it launches. 
 
UPDATE: The English version of the game has not been delayed, according to a Capcom representative who talked to Joystiq. Expect it tomorrow! 
Edited by nukesniper

indefinitely right? 
 
(Quest done! Yay!) 
 
However it totally is sad about this mess. Dead Rising 2 has been delayed enough that I don't know how much I care about it anymore. Reminds me of Crackdown 2, except crackdown wasn't delayed, it was just stuck in its old ways.

Posted by Drifballoon

I wonder what caused this

Posted by Death_Burnout

Dont....Do....This...To...Me....Now....LIFE!

Posted by Hyper_Bunny_Meow

Pretty sure this could be better than the orginal and was looking forward to seeing what the gameplay was like first hand so its a shame but I think its better that when it comes out that it's bug free as it would put many off the full retail game if this DLC was broken.
Posted by Kyou

Free content isnt rated in Japan and as such has to be suitable for all ages, so they probably just forgot to take out a dildo or something

Posted by fedorajay

Still buying this on day one, whenever that day may be.

Posted by Yummylee

Not too fussed, I suppose. Still plenty of upcoming DLC that demands my money!

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Posted by philsmith007

Back in the coffin for a few days!
Posted by JarenFace

I hope it's still out as scheduled for tomorrow here in North America. I wanted to give it some time before my week gets way too hectic to even think about video games.
 
I've been seeing people complain about its length vs. price on various internet message boards. $5 for about 2 hours (not including replaying and just dicking around) isn't bad at all, especially since I have bought 6 hour games for the full price tag. I guess that's just the stigma attached to downloadable games at the moment.

Posted by War_Raichu

a French website directly contacted Capcom, who replied that the game is still to be released on schedule in Europe. The same could be expected for NA.

Posted by RipAndTear
Posted by GMan

Ah, those pesky delays...

Posted by SockLobster
@Kyou said:
" Free content isnt rated in Japan and as such has to be suitable for all ages, so they probably just forgot to take out a dildo or something "
This. Apparently the strong language was not correctly censored, so it's probably not going to affect the rest of the world.
Posted by War_Raichu

NA and EU getting Case 0 as scheduled, straight from Capcom themselves
 
 http://www.capcom-unity.com/jgonzo/blog/2010/08/30/dead_rising_2:_case_zero_is_not_delayed_in_the_west

Posted by Alphazero

I get a spider sense that this game was difficult to hunt down bugs on. Most open world games are. Good luck, developers. Looking forward to it.

Posted by Cabbage_TheMan

great

Posted by Evercaptor

I still need to getting around to s-ranking Dead rising one, so I could do with it being delayed.

Posted by SockLobster
Quoted from the Capcom-unity blog 

 You may have read this morning that Dead Rising 2: Case Zero has been delayed in Japan, and I can confirm that this is true. However, Case Zero will be releasing tomorrow as planned here in the West.

Once again, the Japanese delay does not affect the release date for North American and European territories.

Stay tuned later today and tomorrow for lots of free codes that we'll be giving out here on Capom Unity!

Posted by Damien

Ok cool Capcom, no delay here, although I don't know why you wouldn't say that in the official release.

Posted by jaks

Do want.

Posted by Death_Burnout

Oh thank lord.

Posted by Koobz
@SockLobster said:
" Quoted from the Capcom-unity blog 

 You may have read this morning that Dead Rising 2: Case Zero has been delayed in Japan, and I can confirm that this is true. However, Case Zero will be releasing tomorrow as planned here in the West.

Once again, the Japanese delay does not affect the release date for North American and European territories.

Stay tuned later today and tomorrow for lots of free codes that we'll be giving out here on Capom Unity!

"
Haha, only suckers pay $5 for a (hopefully) quality downloadabe!  F5F5F5F5F5F5F5F5F5F5F5F5F5
 
Thanks for the update SockLobster.
Edited by SpaceInsomniac

Kotaku says in its report that "elements were discovered in the trial versions that are not appropriate for the free demo [of Case Zero]," which sounds a lot like Capcom found a full-game unlock bug, but that's just my speculation. 


 
I'd be pretty amazed to hear that Capcom found a "full-game unlock bug" when this DLC is a prequel to the events that occur in DR2, and contains NOTHING that will be seen in the retail version.  RESEARCH.  It's never a bad idea to know what you're writing about.
Posted by Simmse
@SpaceInsomniac said:
"

Kotaku says in its report that "elements were discovered in the trial versions that are not appropriate for the free demo [of Case Zero]," which sounds a lot like Capcom found a full-game unlock bug, but that's just my speculation. 

 I'd be pretty amazed to hear that Capcom found a "full-game unlock bug" when this DLC is a prequel to the events that occur in DR2, and contains NOTHING that will be seen in the retail version.  RESEARCH.  It's never a bad idea to know what you're writing about. "
The trial versions of Case Zero, how about you do some READING.
Posted by BeautifulSpaceCowboy

When I read this post earlier today, I was sad faced. However, when I read the update, I became happy faced (but I am still sad faced for our Japanese Giant Bombers.)

Posted by DAKMaN

I was going to Go INSAne when i heard the Delay. But got more calmed down when i heard that the english version will not be delayed i was like WTF when i heard an unlock then heard a Cursing language thing but both do not make sense since Case Zero is a Full game in it self and its rated M so it should have swearing then was told that it was the japenese version so i was like OHHHHH. 

Posted by Chaoskiller2000

I am glad its not delayed in America but it stinks for fans in Japan. I am looking forward to checking it out myself.

Posted by Mason_M

Wow, it's usually the other way around, considering how the Japanese version was probably developed first, then the porting to English causes the problems.

Posted by SockLobster
@Mason_M:  This game was developed by the American company Blue Castle, so probably the other way round in this case.
Edited by PNut_Buttr_Panda

i doubt the delay is from technical issues or content that is not good for a free version. i bet you that the japanese rating board failed the game for being to violent and refused to let it in without specific content being removed. sure its japan. have sex and play porn games all you want but fuck all if you get to jam a zombie into a woodchipper thats just too extreme...
 
 
 

@SockLobster

said:

" @Mason_M:  This game was developed by the American company Blue Castle, so probably the other way round in this case. "

blue castle is canadian. they are in british colombia. 
 
@DAKMaN said:
" I was going to Go INSAne when i heard the Delay. But got more calmed down when i heard that the english version will not be delayed i was like WTF when i heard an unlock then heard a Cursing language thing but both do not make sense since Case Zero is a Full game in it self and its rated M so it should have swearing then was told that it was the japenese version so i was like OHHHHH.  "

what?
Posted by CrescentFresh

I'm so happy it fills in the gap between these games. Because, you know, I really want to know what happened to that one zombie.

Posted by librarianmike

This game just looks insane. I wonder how well it'll do in terms of sales...