Dead Rising 3 almost had four player co-op

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Capcom has revealed that it tried adding four player co-op to upcoming open world zombie romp Dead Rising 3, but it proved impossible given the size and complexity of the game world. The game will support two players instead

Release Date: 07/11/2013

Capcom has revealed that it tried adding four player co-op to upcoming open world zombie romp Dead Rising 3, but it proved impossible given the size and complexity of the game world. The game will support two players instead.

"We played around with different ideas," producer Mike Jones told Official Xbox Magazine. "The main challenge that we set out on was the scale of the world, making this massive world with more density than ever before, more weapons than ever before, more stuff than ever before, and getting all that working on the Xbox One with a visual fidelity upgrade. And then being able to network all that reliably with no tethering - that was a huge accomplishment for us, right? Obviously we'd like to have three players, four players, more players, and we did some rough tests, and the networking fidelity started to break down."

So rather than have more players sharing a laggy game, they stuck with two players and made sure the co-op play really matters. "In Dead Rising 2, [the second player] was just a clone of the hero, and all you could do was grind experience - it wasn't part of the story," Jones explains. "So this time we thought let's make the co-op player part of the story. He's his own character, he can do all the stuff Nick can, you can change your clothes, make combo weapons, anything you earn in the game or put in the game you can bring back to your game."

Thanks to Xbox One's cloud saving, you'll even be able to carry story and mission progress over from joint games to solo and vice versa. "If you unlock a chapter or side missions or whatever, you can go back to your game and skip those or replay those," Jones says. "If the host makes a story decision you don't like, you can go back and change the direction of the game."

Dead Rising 3 is an Xbox One exclusive, and launches alongside the console on November 22nd.

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