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Today the Capcom Unity Blog took to celebrating Lost Planet 3 with a handful of new information about their upcoming game. Although the series only began in 2006, it has manged to acquire a fairly sized fanbase over the years. If all goes well, fans will have the next game in their hands on June 25th. Lost Planet 3 will also see immediate release on 360, PS3, and PC, which is far different from the long-winded release period of the original Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. Along with this announcement, Capcom also discussed the pre-order bonuses available via different retailers. Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop are all participating. Both Amazon and Best Buy give out three weapons and two rig upgrades. GameStop on the other hand has two rig upgrades and five multiplayer characters. Those who want to know the exact details of these offers can check the blog post. Finally, Capcom released a new trailer:
Fans of the Lost Planet series have probably been aware of E.X. Troopers for a while now. The very anime-inspired spin off game seemed a bit odd, but still a cool addition to the series. What Western fans may or may not have realized though is that this game was made in order to please a Japanese audience, whereas the first two Lost Planets were created with Western gamers in mind. Because of this, Capcom USA doesn't feel that they will release a US version of E.X. Troopers. Right from the game's conception they had plans of it being a Japan-only release, as Capcom USA's Senior Vice President, Christian Svensson, made clear with this comment: â€œ[E.X. Troopers] was not planned for Western releaseâ€¦ You can tell this because all of the text is ”hard coded“ as actual art. The text isn“t just standard ”text“ that could be swapped relatively easily.â€ Usually, games have their script written as text which allows for another region to simply swap out the words for their own language. If Capcom had any desire to do so with E.X. Troopers now though they would have to make entirely new images to place over the old ones instead of having an easy, standard method. Even so, the bigger reason is probably due to the game not being hugely successful even in the target market. It managed to sell a little under 20,000 copies for 3DS, and less on the PS3. These are the only systems which the game was released for.