During Capcom’s Captivate 2012 event, the publisher revealed Lost Planet 3—the latest chapter of their third-person action series based on the survival of extreme conditions.
After the frozen conditions of the first Lost Planet, the second game took a rather interesting turn. While Lost Planet 2 attempted to mix things up a bit with a wider variety of locations and conditions, some of the uniqueness of the original game was lost in the more typical settings. Because of that, I’m very happy to see that Lost Planet 3 will be returning to the “extreme conditions” settings of E.D.N. III.
What, however, of the gameplay? Though it didn’t go as far as I was hoping, Lost Planet 2 had an almost Monster Hunter-esque feel to its boss battles—and that was something that I loved. From talking to other players, though, not everybody seemed to agree with me. So, will Lost Planet 3 go away from this style, or will it go even farther in creating a multiplayer experience where players can group up and take down massive Akrid menaces? Me—I’m really, really hoping it’s the latter.
Anyhow, for now, here’s a few details about Lost Planet 3 (and its hero) from the game’s announcement:
Lost Planet 3 introduces Jim, a rig pilot who leaves Earth to take on a hazardous but lucrative contract on E.D.N. III. Working for Neo-Venus Construction (NEVEC) who are preparing the planet for colonization, Jim joins his fellow pioneers at the Coronis base and begins surveying the uncharted terrain and obtaining samples of the planet’s energy supply – Thermal Energy.
With NEVEC’s existing Thermal Energy reserve running low the fate of the Coronis mission depends on the natural source of the energy supply being located. Realizing that this is a great opportunity for a huge pay-off and early ticket home to his family, Jim braves the risk of the treacherous environment and threat of the indigenous Akrid. Acting as a home away from home and boasting an array of tools that can assist Jim on the field, the utility rig provides Jim’s safety and is essential for not only his contract work but also his protection against the ever-changing climate.