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Dead Rising 1 and 2 to be resurrected on current-gen systems

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Great news for zombie fans: Capcom have announced they are bringing early titles in their sandbox beat-em-up series Dead Rising to current-gen systems. The announcement was made in July, after astute gamers noticed that a trophies list for Dead Rising on PS4 had popped up online. In a statement released to Eurogamer and other outlets, the developer — who pioneered the survival horror genre with their hit series Resident Evil — said:

“Capcom will be bringing Dead Rising to Xbox One, PS4 and PC. In addition, Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record will make their way onto Xbox One and PS4. We will have more news to share soon.”

With no mention of the word ‘remaster’ in Capcom’s announcement, there was initial uncertainty as to whether any visual improvements would be made to the games. However, the first screenshots have since been released, and it’s clear some major cosmetic work has been done to bring the titles up to current-gen standards. It’s not yet known whether there will be any extra features or enhancements to the gameplay, nor does it look like PC gamers will be getting a remastered Dead Rising 2, as that title is already available for Windows.

Dead Rising is an open-world survival horror series where players must complete a series of missions while fighting off hordes of zombies. The first game casts you in the role of Frank West, a photographer who becomes trapped in an infested shopping mall. As Frank explores the mall, rescuing other survivors and defeating psychopathic bosses along the way, he gradually uncovers the truth about the incident. Dead Rising 2 introduces a new protagonist, motocross rider Chuck Greene, and continues the story of the outbreak five years after the events of the original game.

One of the series’ distinguishing features, aside from the sheer volume of enemies on screen at one time, is its versatile combat system. Just about every object in the game can be used to beat, bash, slice, dice and shoot zombies to death. The entertainment value is virtually endless as you plow through hundreds of the undead with everything from lawnmowers and chainsaws to hedge clippers and electric guitars. Dead Rising 2 takes the concept further, allowing players to create their own custom weapons by combining items found throughout the game.

A third title, Dead Rising 3, was released in 2013 as an Xbox One exclusive, with a PC port following in 2014. Dead Rising 4 is also in development, and will see the return of main series protagonist Frank West. It’s slated for release in December 2016 as a one-year timed Xbox One exclusive, which means PS4 owners will have to wait until late 2017 to get their hands on it. Luckily they’ll have new and improved ports of the first two Dead Rising games to tide them over until then.

Q: Will you be revisiting the early Dead Rising titles when they’re released later this year? Let us know in the comments below.

David Carroll is a freelance writer, self-published author, and chief health-nut at thepaleotoolkit.com. Outside of work, he loves hurling (an amazing Irish sport), playing video games and hanging out with his dogs.

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