Lost Planet 3 Sees Lowest Series Debut In Japan

By Ishaan . September 10, 2013 . 11:00am

On August 29th, Capcom released Lost Planet 3 in Japan. The game sold 27,503 copies in its first week, marking the lowest debut for a Lost Planet game in Japan to date.


Here’s a look at how previous Lost Planet games have sold during launch week in Japan, on each platform:


(2006) Lost Planet (360 exclusive) – 37,489

(2008) Lost Planet (ported to PS3) – 22,696

(2010) Lost Planet 2 (PS3) – 84,607

(2010) Lost Planet 2 (360) – 33,563

(2013) Lost Planet 3 (PS3) –  27,503


See the sudden spike in sales when Lost Planet 2 was released? While global sales for Lost Planet 2 weren’t as high as Capcom hoped, the game does enjoy the highest debut sales of the entire series in Japan. That might be because Capcom treated Lost Planet 2 almost like they do Monster Hunter—as a festive multiplayer game.


“[The devteam] 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,” Lost Planet executive producer, Kenji Ohguro, shared with Siliconera last year.


Ohguro added that Capcom felt focusing on the multiplayer content took away from the game’s narrative design, which was supposed to focus on themes of colonization and survival. Lost Planet 2’s realistic visuals didn’t quite match its “party game” atmosphere, and the devteam felt there was a disconnect in its design.


The original Lost Planet sold 1.5 million copies worldwide on the Xbox 360 alone. Lost Planet 2, despite being a multiplatform release on both Xbox 360 and PS3, managed to sell 1.6 million copies worldwide—not much of an improvement, considering it had a much wider audience to tap into.


Despite its perceived failure, ultimately, Capcom did revisit their vision for Lost Planet 2 again. They created a spin-off titled E.X. Troopers, which they released for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 3 in 2012. With Lost Planet 3, the publisher has returned to the narrative-focused design of the original Lost Planet, but at least in Japan, this doesn’t seem to have worked out as hoped. Perhaps sales in the west will tell a different story.


Sales data sourced from Capcom, Media Create and Geimin.net.

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  • doubletaco

    Remember when Capcom said they were going to stop outsourcing development of their titles to improve their quality?

    Yeah, those were the days.

    • Godman

      Wasn’t this game already in development when they announced that?

    • 60hz

      yep they said that AFTER this was already in development – so they saw the writing on the wall…

    • Zal_Yagun

      What was the last game Capcom published that wasnt outsourced?

      • Zeonsilt

        Resident Evil 6,probably.

        • Zal_Yagun

          One of the reasons that RE6 was so disjointed was the fact that so many capcom teams had their hand in it… so i guess they did work on it themselves…

          Too many hands helping out in one dish is worse than making someone else do it in this example..

    • Richard N

      I don’t know, I always liked the idea that Capcom was outsourcing some of the games. I mean not all of them turned out great, but atleast they’re giving these smaller companies a chance to shine.

    • AndyLC

      They said that while this game was being made, hahah.

  • malek86

    This must have been the game with the least hype in the history of the forever.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Haha seriously. Like, nobody, was excited for it.

      • malek86

        Not even Capcom. Think about that.

    • Zarathos No Daimaōh

      Even Remember Me had more hype surrounding it , wich is very telling . Hell most people i know werent even aware its out … not that they’d care anyway

  • Godman

    Just goes to show that once you go Monster Hunter, you can’t go back

  • im conflicted over this I dont want lost planet to vanish but I couldnt get interested in this one, hmm…

  • 60hz

    LP3 looked terrible, horrible character design and paint by the numbers gameplay… LP2 i actually really enjoyed but i’m not an fps player – i’ve heard from fps players that they hated LP2 mainly because of the realistic animations, that is you have hit reactions… anyone out there can explain the rabid HATE for LP2?

    • Zal_Yagun

      I remember the main things people complained about was the grind to get weapons, and the unbalanced MP due to said weapons.

      Also if there is a slight learning curve expect unskilled shits to cry about it

    • AndyLC

      Lost Planet 2 is a shooter made from CONSOLE SHOOTER roots, it is the evolution of Megaman and Contra type games.

      FPS’s though are descended from mouse/keyboard shooters, where the objective is to kill people with the same controls you use to browse a web page.

      For those who came from 2D sidescrolling shooters, LP2 felt right. From those who came from the PC, they didn’t understand what LP2 was about.

      • 60hz

        Ah that makes sense, i came from arcade roots and rarely play games on my computer (exception doujin SHMUPS which bolsters your point lol)… so LP2 was a really fun ride to me, some really interesting enemies and some great boss fights… anyway, good analysis!

        I would say the ultimate 3PS/FPS for arcade/console players would be Vanquish… luckily that got decently reviewed…

  • Zal_Yagun

    I actually was pleasantly surprised that LP3 wasnt a complete disappointment (my expectations at least), but the gameplay, at its prime, never go past “Average” at best. Narrative is still better than capcom usual efforts, but typically the gameplay is a chore to go through.

  • Höhlenmensch

    I hope that Capcom stops being terrible next gen but I have my doubts.

    • Brion Valkerion

      They were doing fine at first… then they just kept making the same mistakes every 2 months. They have a ton of quality games… but they are trying to act like a huge publisher outsourcing crap when they are a development house. You are CAPCOM NOT EA!

    • InfectedAI

      Judging from the other article posted today they’re only going to get worse. Apparently the conclusion they came to from their games bombing is that the games need more DLC.

  • Dat Nigga Ova Der

    This is Lost Planet 3? Looks like Dead Space. Kappa.

  • Richard N

    I’m still amazed that this actually became a series.

    • michel

      Such is the power of bad management… ;)

    • almostautumn

      I love this series, dude. The first LP had some of the greatest Objective/Team Deathmatch online play ever, and if you were able to establish a dedicated crew Lost Planet 2 provided cooperative gaming at its very best.
      And EX Troopers is without doubt my favorite game from the year 2012, and probably in my Top 5 for the PS3 period.

      Still, I’d be lying to say LP3 is a game I’m excited for. It’s not so much the outsourcing as it is the crippling of everything that makes LP— well, LP :P Most of the cuts in LP3 were also in EX though, such as the grappling hooks/mechs— but it still just looks really generic here in LP3, while EX was just fast-paced fun that was sort of like Monster Hunter-Lite but with guns.

    • Ikki

      It’s something that happens with million sellers.

      • Richard N

        Then where’s my Resonance of Fate series?

    • AndyLC

      In Lost Planet 2 I got into a 10ft tall robot and shot missiles at a giant salamander until its tongue lolled out long enough for me to walk inside and punch its organs until it died.

      With 3 other friends.

      • rekka_zan

        Oh boy I still remember playing MP campaign with my homies, loading rockets and firing the goddamn awesome Dragonfire Cannon at that sand-dweller giant Akrid bitch. But there were only 3 of us so nobody got to ride the helicopter mech.

        We had so much fun that a resident had to tell us to lower our shouting voices :)) Damn, now I really miss that game.

  • I think this should of ended with 2 and no more. Was surprised when they continued with 3, series was absolute garbage, at least to me.

  • abysswalker

    “Perhaps sales in the west will tell a different story.” I think while the number is going to be substantially higher -because of the market- it’ll still be below LP and LP2 and of course sales expectations

  • Domii

    There’s nothing to be surprise at here. After LP1 both it’s sequels have sucked horribly. So the fall in sales are to be expected.

    • kazdamaz

      LP2 was a little flawed but did not suck. It was a fun experience with a distinct japanesy feel. LP3 however had no of this and felt like a generic 3rd person shooter.

  • Will Jay

    Not too surprising at all.

    I still wish EX Troopers did better, it was an amazing game.

  • pimpalicious

    I think Lost Planet will be dead as a series after this one. I’ve barely heard any buzz about LP3 and the reviews out there peg it as average/mediocre.

  • Betrayer

    I dunno… I would have been interested if it was like LP2. Me and my friends had a lot of fun with that game. Then again, we’re primarily Co-OP players, not much for DM and such.

  • Brandonmkii

    LP2 was my favorite game the year it came out in. They should have sticked with the multi player IMO.

  • Byas

    Just in Japan? I didn’t see any numbers but I heard it sold very bad in the US too, though I don’t know if 1 and 2 did better.
    Also, I guess everyone saw the failure from miles away aside from Capcom, I hope they have learned not to let devs with a dubious historical run free with their IPs anymore, otherwise I fear that Strider will meet the same fate at the hands of Double Helix.

    • British_Otaku

      It charted at 26th (including all platforms) in the UK and the Xbox 360 version was the only one which charted individually at 38th place in the UK.

      We don’t get numbers for the UK, it doesn’t get much lower than that. >_> Presumably, the older Lost Planets would have done better with the DMC4/DmC effect, a new developer and removing many elements which were desirable in previous installments.

  • Brion Valkerion

    There lucky if this game hits 300,000 total sale. Its a game no one wanted. And Im not surprised in the slightest about that LP2 part, the entire game reeks of “Were not sure where the hell this is going but we will keep throwing crap at you” Was fun for the first 3 levels and just became a stupid chore to play.

    Anyway, hopefully this is ANOTHER lesson for Capcom to stop wasting time and resources on stuff that will not hook people.

  • I have it on Steam and while its my first LP game its quite fun. If you doubt it just try getting it for less later on. To me it is a good game.

    • Lynx

      As it’s your first, I highly recommend going back and trying the others.

      While its a good game, it’s not a good Lost Planet game. It completely completely takes away things like the Heat management, the VS and the gimmicks that made Lost Planet Lost Planet. This just feels like kind of a generic Third person shooter with a good story.

      They also took out the multiplayer which WAS A TERRIBLE MOVE.

  • Crimson Tiger

    LOL. Im pretty sure Inafune will raise more in his kickstarter then this game will make in profits….

  • Goldenboi1210

    It just shows that time and again, jp developers outsource their games to westernize the series only to find that the western gamers that don’t care about it still don’t care about it. And in the process, they alienate the series’ fanbase. I’m sure there were many like me that were skeptical about the game due to the fact it was outsourced.
    that said, I will still check it out in time. I’m a long time LP fan and played every single one including EX Troopers (great game).

  • Neppygear

    I’d rather just have EX Troopers, tbh…

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    It’s a shame it’s been selling so poorly, since I’ve heard that the story is pretty damn good.

    • Ferrick

      not really, the story was pretty weak too

  • Fango

    i never understood why they even bothered making a 3rd one…

  • subsamuel01

    I don’t know why Capcom decided to make this game, it was dead from the moment it was announced.

  • Zarathos No Daimaōh

    The lack of interest for the title as soon as trailer aired , should have been a sign to cancel the game

  • Judgephoenix

    Bad enough they did not show the multiplayer till like right before release, who they think they COD? I swear they just need to listen to the fans on this.

  • VenerableSage

    In my opinion, Lost Planet 2 started the series downhill. It drastically changed what it seemed like the series was about – I enjoyed the snowy wastes that populated the first game and the change to a different climate did absolutely nothing for me.

    To that end, I don’t even care to know anything about Lost Planet 3, let alone contemplate buying it.

    • British_Otaku

      I see some people who think that Lost Planet believe went downhill with LP2 and others saying that the multiplayer, mechs, weapons and all make it a massive advancement for the series.

      As someone who jumped in with E.X. Troopers, I want to know what in your opinion made LP2 poor aside from the climate, maybe just how much of the game is set in snowy environments or how those environments are treated.

      E.X. Troopers would probably be fine to you or others who liked LP1 more than LP2 on the basis of it being a spinoff and pretty distant from the core concept in a Battle Network, X or Legends sort of way. I would still say that I enjoyed that the game expanded beyond snowy environments.

  • Just Tim

    Honestly, I feel as if an appearance in SRW will give Lost Planet a much-needed boost in Japan.

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  • landlock

    It’s actually a pretty solid game tbh. I’ve just finished it and the story is very good with alot of likeable characters. The combat areas are actually quite like Dead Space lots of creepy abandoned facilities. Broken up by some large scale mech battles by far the worst bits.

  • AndyLC

    Here are some of the things that Lost Planet 2 had:

    – Shooting colossal salamanders until their mouth opens up so you can hop inside with your robot suit and punch it in the organs

    – Leap from your jetbike onto a mobile fortress to take over a giant laser, then use that giant laser to blast off the thrusters to another mobile fortress, then fight off helicopter troopers storming your fortress, then use the giant laser on a colossal sand spider

    – Fight your way through a train that is being swalloed by a colossal worm, then jump into a helicopter to attack the worm from its sides as your comrades in the last remaining segment of the train fire rockets into its mouth.

    – Blast your way out of a satellite base then free-fall through the atmosphere and shoot asteroids as the broadcast of solidarity plays.

    – Bounce a giant ninja star off a wall to kill a guy standing around the corner

    -Team up with 5 guys to charge up and fire a giant power ranger laser

    -Dock two giant robots together to form a mega robot that shoots a mega laser

    -Shoot pink hearts at a guy until he dies.

    I miss that game. But yeah, saying that a quirky party game and cinematic serious stories can’t mix? Metal Gear man!!

    Lost Planet could’ve been Capcom’s Metal Gear! And the multiplayer was a blast because it was so damn cool and weird all at once.

    • XiaomuArisu

      I only read
      “OMG This is so Awesome!!!”
      Am I correct?

      • AndyLC

        except the multiplayer team switching system. Teams were randomly chosen when you entered the game, but in the 10 second count down you could switch from 1 team to the other so you might end up with 8 vs 2. It was a huge hassle to get your friends all on one team in public games.

        I have NO IDEA how they thought that was a good idea. These were the little deaths that really hurt the LP2 experience.

  • Txtsword

    Quick! Make a true Lost Planet 2 sequel and forget about LP3! Can’t wait to play the new Lost Planet that should have been. Okay make it. Make it

  • Crimson Tiger

    Megaman legends 3 had 100k people ready to buy it….a guaranteed 100k.
    ooops to bad you missed out on that and settled for 27k instead.

  • Kyero Fox

    Good, maybe Dumbcom will realize trying to copy Dead Space instead of their bad ass and fun Lost Planet 2.

  • For comparison, here’s EX Troopers’ sales – technically the actual lowest debut for a Lost Planet series’ title, by a hair. Though LP3 is still a huge bomb. Both titles are.

    “E.X. Troopers sold a mere 17,402 copies on the Nintendo 3DS and an even lesser 8,717 copies on the PlayStation 3.”

    From Siliconera: http://www.siliconera.com/2012/11/28/this-week-in-sales-call-of-duty-black-ops-2-shoots-e-x-troopers-down/

    Just in case someone was curious. I was.

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