In spite of middling reviews and average sales, Capcom seems determined to give their Lost Planet series every chance of success. Our readers are probably aware that Lost Planet 3, a prequel, is currently in the works at Spark Unlimited (Turning Point: Fall of Liberty), but what you may not know is that one of Capcom’s internal studios was toiling away at a spin-off tailored to the Japanese market. This was E.X. Troopers, recently released on the PS3 and 3DS. To summarise the design of the game, it is an anime-styled shooter that adopts the four-player co-operative ethic of the likes of Monster Hunter. It’s an interesting concept backed up with gorgeous visuals, but it seems that it did not manage to capture the imagination of those at whom it was targeted with 3DS sales since its November 22 release at a measly 17,400, while the PS3 version has done even more poorly.
In spite of the possibility of more sales in the West, according to Capcom USA’s Senior Vice President Christian Svensson, the game was never even planned to to release in other regions:
“It was not planned for Western release… you can tell this because all of the text is “hard coded” as actual art. The text isn’t just standard “text” that could be swapped relatively easily. To localize a release, one would have to redo a ton of art in the game, not just do the localization and loc QA.”
It’s a little sad to hear, considering that Monster Hunter does have quite a following, and the success of the Borderlands series proves that there is an audience for this type of game. Sometimes, things are just not meant to be. Check out the video embedded below and tell us whether the game would have appealed to you.