E.X. Troopers Exists Because Capcom Wanted A Lost Planet "Party Shooter"

By Spencer . August 27, 2012 . 7:36pm


Lost Planet is going in two very different directions with family man Jim foraging thermal energy on a frozen planet in one game and shonen archetype Bren who dreams of becoming the best Vital Suit pilot in E.X. Troopers. While both titles are in the same universe, the games clash aesthetically with bright and fun anime art for E.X. Troopers compared to Lost Planet 3’s serious looking 3D models. If you take out the ice planet setting, E.X. Troopers is the antithesis of Lost Planet 3. And that’s exactly what Capcom wants.


"They had kind of struggled with Lost Planet 2 a bit, because they were going in this direction of creating this multiplayer, almost festival atmosphere, including crazy amounts of content and ridiculous scenarios. Sort of Monster Hunter with guns— coming in and defeating huge creatures together—and getting away from some of the narrative strengths that were originally part of the franchise," said Lost Planet executive producer Kenji Ohguro with Lost Planet 3 producer Andrew Szymanski translating.


"They were doing this almost kind of ‘party game,’ but their art style was leaning more towards the cool end of the spectrum. So, he [Ohguro] already felt at the tail-end of Lost Planet 2, that they weren’t able to marry those as well as they should have. That was one of the reasons why maybe Lost Planet 2 didn’t perform as well as it could have. Coming out of Lost Planet 2 as the franchise owner on the creative side, Ohguro-san felt really strongly about the need to branch these out into two separate products," Szymanski continued.


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E.X. Troopers (left), Lost Planet 3 (right)


"One of them being a lets bring all of friends together and let’s go crazy – almost a ‘party game shooter’ style of gameplay. And the other side of the coin would be to make a product that gets back to the franchise roots, which is more of a cinematic, narrative-driven experience that really touches upon the themes of colonization, survival, and that kind of stuff. He knew that if they tried to put those together into a single product, it would become even more of a disconnect. The more they went toward realistic visuals, the more that would contrast with the party game atmosphere."


"The beginning of E.X. Troopers was, ‘Let’s take that party game atmosphere and make that its own product.’ And then, Lost Planet 3 is ‘Let’s take the core franchise values and make that into its own product,’” Szymanski summarized to Siliconera.


I asked Ohguro about the anime art direction for E.X. Troopers too and Szymanski explained, "In terms of the anime style of E.X. Troopers, [Ohguro-san] wasn’t involved in making decisions on art direction, so he can’t really say whether they went too far in that direction or not. [Laughs.]"


While Lost Planet 3 will be released worldwide next year, E.X. Troopers has only been announced for Japan.

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  • Zertan

    Really? I thought that this game exists because they don’t know what to do with the left over code from Megaman Legends 3.

    Honestly, I really don’t know. But if this is the reason to green light this game while Legends 3 got cancelled then they have mess up priorities.

    • Peace Legacy

      Not this crap again -_-
      I have been a Megaman fan for over a decade, be active in MML3 support group everyday, and I think I have the right to say that these kind of whiny btthurt post paint us in a very bad light

      • brian yep

        It is understandable, and I’ve never played a Mega Man game.
        That (or those) engine(s) look(s) identical, plus it happens to be in development for 3DS(!) and PS3.

      • Zertan

        There are worst people that made worst butthurt post than mine.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Hopefully not here so much. We do try and ask everyone to be careful with complaints and not continue them multiple times. Please be aware of this for future posts.

        • Yet it doesn’t make your initial comment any more credible, does it? At best, that was just a rumor.

          Even if it’s true, and they had the code and engine largely written: So what? Are they supposed to throw away all the man-hours that went into those? They’d have to make use of them somehow, and whatever game they decided to apply those for, you guys are probably gonna complain no matter what.

    • Leon_Tekashi

      Dude, you need to learn to move on. It’s not the end of the world.

  • Tatsumarii

    Make it an international party Capcom!

  • BelmontHeir

    Yeah, I still contend Lost Planet 2 is one of the most underrated games this gen – I had a blast playing online co-op – but there was definitely room for improvement. This series needs a way to differentiate itself from Monster Hunter while building off the fun co-op element of its predecessor. Adding a more cartoony, anime-esque art style and ramping up the ‘party’ aspect seems like the ticket. 

    Parts of Lost Planet 2 were too difficult for their own good, like the infamous train level. 

  • Peace Legacy

    Saying wacky fun silliness and epic cool cinematic seriousness can’t be merged in the same game is a pretty lame excuse for “our ability, potential and vision is too limited to make it work properly”.
    Why? For example, just look at the MGS series. You would have to be on bath salt to think the series have neither one of those things. Peace Walker is a prime example where both the mentioned “party game fun” elements and “fun cinematic experience” are fitted in the same game… and it was wonderful.
    It’s called contrasting, helping each element stand out better while not compromising each other

  • Domii

    Why hasn’t E.X. Troopers been announce for a worldwide release?

    • ronin4life

      I do believe trademarks have been filed in western countries…

      It’s far from a confirmation, but it’s something…

  • Jon McGuire

    Only reason I’m interested in this is because the visuals and overall attitude of the game is very reminiscent of the old Capcom I love.

    Enough nitty gritty western shit, start making actual Capcom games again.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Some wonky reasoning around LP2 and splitting this and LP3 into separate games, but whatever. I’m looking forward to playing this.

  • Cephrien

    I dunno.

    Lost Planet 3 seems like it’s trying really hard to be Dead Space.

  • I’m okay with the idea of branching an idea into two different takes. Etrian Odyssey and 7th Dragon are – while not belonging to a single company – pretty much a practical example of the same idea (coming from a single director) that branches out for the old-school hardcore crowd and more average/casual crowd, respectively. (Although the first 7D wasn’t particularly easier than EO; it’s the 2nd game that made the direction clear.)

  • Areuto

     monster hunter has guns though(aka bowguns)

  • Yes !!! make It’s International Party o this time.

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