When Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions was released on January 12, 2007 for the 360, it received generally positive reviews. It was later ported to the PC in June of the same year, and to the PS3 in February ’08. At this point in time, Lost Planet had sold 1.5 million units on the 360, and an unknown number, which is presumably under one million, for the PS3 and PC ports. On February 24, 2009 Capcom released an exclusive trailer for Lost Planet 2 over Xbox Live. This trailer was followed up by an explanation of the game by producer Jun Takeuchi.
I was listening to a podcast by fellow gaming site, TheBitbag , the other day when the subject of Lost Planet 2 came up. There was brief mention about Capcom’s press release site, so I made my way over there to have a look around. On Capcom’s press release site there are console names listed next to the games, what these signify is what consoles the game will be coming out for on the release date. Next to Lost Planet 2 it clearly reads “(Xb360)” and nothing more. What this means is that when Lost Planet 2 is released it will be a 360 exclusive. This could be a timed exclusive, with ports to be released at a later date. Or this could also mean that Lost Planet 2 will be entirely 360 exclusive (although I consider the first situation to be more plausible).
This is a pretty big deal because Lost Planet 2 is not going to be a bargain bin game folks. The game looks and sounds amazing based on the info we’ve been given so far, and this is only after one trailer. So why is Capcom going with 360 exclusivity for this series yet again? Simple, the first Lost Planet did not do well on the PS3. For a game of Lost Planet’s caliber to sell below one million units on one of the most popular gaming consoles, that is very disappointing news. Selling below one million on the PC, that is explainable, with piracy running rampart as of late. You cannot blame Capcom in this matter; they are simply making good business decisions. Now if Lost Planet 2 were to come out on both platforms, have great success on both, and have a sequel, then we may see 360 and PS3 owners both receiving a Lost Planet game on its initial release date. Until then, however, PS3 owners will just have to wait patiently.