The Caze Zero and Case West standalone games were "definitely part of the plan" from the beginning, but Off the Record "started its life" as a director's cut.
"With Case Zero and Case West, we were trying something very different -- doing a prologue and an epilogue and supporting the game in that way, rather than doing a traditional demo," explained Capcom Vancouver executive producer, Jason Leigh.
Case Zero released before Dead Rising 2 and introduced the new protagonist Chuck Greene and his virally infected daughter. It sold like hot cakes over Xbox Live thanks to fans ravenous for the return of Capcom's newest zombie franchise.
After DR2 released the studio then announced Case West which had Chuck Greene team up with original main star Frank West as they went to expose the conspiracy. Now on its way is Off the Record which is West retelling the events of Dead Rising 2.
The outlandish 'what if' starring Frank West "started its life as a director’s cut of Dead Rising 2, but turned into this reimagining of the game -- it’s been really cool to work on it, and it’s definitely become sort of an enterprise all in itself; the Dead Rising 2 package."
"The prologue and epilogue were definitely part of the plan from the beginning. Off The Record was part of the plan in terms of being a director’s cut of the game. Because Capcom has a long history of successful director’s cuts going back to the Resident Evil series, and we wanted to give that treatment to the Dead Rising franchise," said Leigh.
Capcom have promised the arrival of fan requested features like a true sandbox mode so you don't have to be constrained by story or time. The developer has also managed to dramatically cut down load times between zones in the game - a major gripe.
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record releases on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC October 14th.