While many may consider releasing new games in the zombie genre to be like flogging a dead/ reanimated horse, the tongue-in-cheek survival horror of Dead Rising 3 saw the previously Xbox One-only title ship 1 million copies within its first month of sales. It also reached the impressive figure of 1 million copies sold soon after, proving itself in the face of tough competition of like Ryse: Son of Rome and Call of Duty: Ghosts, succeeding in being one of the Xbox One’s most popular launch titles.
So after the success of Dead Rising 3 on Microsoft’s flagship platform, publisher Capcom is shuffling the undead enemies in the PC’s direction, having now confirmed that the game will be making its way to Microsoft’s other platform this Summer.
Given just how important console exclusives are in selling brand new hardware it makes sense that some are suggesting that Microsoft must have had a good reason to let Capcom publish the game on PC, given that they didn’t have a timed exclusivity deal on Dead Rising 3 that would allow them to publish the game on another platform naturally. An answer could be found in Microsoft’s PC gaming support with the company recently getting some serious flack for the games that they have (or rather haven’t) brought to computers.
Putting Dead Rising 3 on PC may be one of the trick’s up new Xbox CEO Phil Spencer’s sleeve to reinforce the ‘renewed focus’ in PC gaming that he described upon his appointment. That’s further suggested by the fact that the PC version of Dead Rising 3 will offer a great deal of what the Xbox One version did (and then some) and “PC gamers will be able to experience the hordes of horror at high PC resolutions with fully optimized visuals for the wide screen, upgraded textures on characters, backgrounds and in-game objects.”
In addition to a lovelier looking Dead Rising 3 being available on PC, all of the base story and gameplay will be included although it’s unclear if PC gamers will have access to the existing DLC upon the game’s PC launch.
“Dead Rising 3 takes place 10 years after the events of Dead Rising 2. Set in the city of Los Perdidos amidst a nationwide zombie outbreak, the story follows Nick Ramos, a young mechanic. He must find a way to escape from thousands of blood thirsty zombies before an impending military strike wipes out the city and its population. Relying on the help of other survivors he meets along the way and the vast array of unique and powerful combo weapons available, Nick will need to get creative to get out of the infected city before it’s too late.”
Even collectible Steam bits and bobs are present and correct and a retail version will be available (in Europe only) in the face of Games for Windows Live being shut down. Steam players will have access to Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud, Steam Trading Cards and global leaderboards, perhaps providing an added incentive for those who didn’t play the game on its initial Xbox One release.
For those who have played Dead Rising 3 on Xbox One (or are just more used to playing action horror games on consoles) they’ll be glad that it will have controller support alongside support for a keyboard and mouse which you can switch between in real time, which is handy in the face of zombs that are “smarter and deadlier than ever with intelligent AI and shared awareness” or for when you “join forces with a friend for endless zombie killing mayhem.”
Does the move to PC mean you’ll be willing to give the game a chance, or did you get enough of zombies on the Xbox One already? Sound off in the comments.
Dead Rising 3 will be available on PC in Summer, 2014.