As clarified by Larry Hryb, also known as “Major Nelson”, and a Microsoft representative, Dead Rising 3 will not be a cross-generation release for both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. The false announcement was originally reported by Pixel Enemy on September 27th after a presentation at this year’s Eurogamer Expo.
Over Twitter on September 27th, Hryb cleared the cross-generation release rumor, stating that:
“Reports from [Eurogamer Expo] that Dead Rising 3 will launch on Xbox 360 are false. It’s an Xbox One exclusive – no plans for 360“
Later, a representative from Microsoft sent an e-mail to Pixel Enemy to officially confirm that the reports were false. The e-mail read:
“Dead Rising 3” will launch exclusively for Xbox One on Nov. 22. We have no plans to release the game on Xbox 360.“
Such a substantial information error is rather surprising after the developers of the game specifically stated in July that a current generation console such as the Xbox 360 would not possess the specifications needed to run Dead Rising 3. One of the game’s producers at Capcom Vancouver, Mike Jones, said in an interview that, “In terms of building the game, we originally developed it on PC and everything we were doing was breaking the bank on [Xbox] 360. The number of zombies, the streaming stuff we wanted to do, memory budgets for the number of environments and items and physics and all of that stuff.”
Capcom Vancouver is the game studio that will be developing the Dead Rising 3 and has also worked on “Dead Rising 2” and “Dead Rising 2: Off the Record”. Dead Rising 3 will be an Xbox One exclusive released alongside the console’s launch date of November 22nd.