Lost Planet 3 Announced For PC, PS3, 360

During Capcom’s flurry of news today from its recent “Captivate” event, the publisher/developer casually dropped a trailer and some details on a new game: Lost Planet 3. Given the lukewarm reception the second game received, I’m sure I’m not alone in being surprised by this.

Interestingly, Capcom announced that it has handed off development of Lost Planet 3 to a U.S.-based developer, Spark Unlimited (Call of Duty: Finest Hour, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, Legendary).

Rather than going the sequel route, developer Spark Unlimited is developing Lost Planet 3 as a prequel to the first two games, returning players once again on the planet E.D.N. III. Here’s a brief rundown of the story of Lost Planet 3, courtesy of Capcom:

“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.”

Rather than sticking with Capcom’s MT Framework 2.0 engine, which was used in Lost Planet 2, Spark Unlimited is instead choosing to use the all-too-familiar Unreal Engine 3 for Lost Planet 3.

Details beyond that are a bit light at the moment, but you can expect to hear more throughout the year as we get closer to the projected early 2013 release date. Until then, you can check out the Lost Planet 3 debut trailer directly below.