Hey, You Got Your Gears of War in my Lost Planet 2!

John Funk

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Hey, You Got Your Gears of War in my Lost Planet 2!

No, you aren't seeing things, people: Lost Planet 2 [http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Planet-2-Xbox-360/dp/B002DC8GEK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1278971504&sr=1-1] will apparently feature appearances by Gears of War main duo Marcus and Dom.


Today must be "Strange Capcom News Day," by the looks of things: One of the more unexpected pieces of news to come out of the Microsoft Vs. Capcom announcement bonanza [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/97684-Capcom-and-Microsoft-Tease-Special-Announcement] was the trailer you see above here for the upcoming Lost Planet 2. In the video, two Lost Planet soldiers are ambushed by a vicious alien foe, but they soon receive backup from a very unlikely source: COG Delta squad frontmen Marcus Fenix and Dom "Bawwwwwwww My Wife" Santiago. Marcus and Dom are, of course, very familiar with fighting alien bugs - but different alien bugs. They fight the Locust, not the Akrid. Totally different things, guys.

Given that Gears of War is made by Epic Games and not Capcom, it's safe to say that probably nobody saw this coming (though if you follow Cliffy B on Twitter [http://www.twitter.com/therealcliffyb], this would appear to be the "kick-ass news" the guy has been Tweeting about). On the other hand, it does make sense in a way - Lost Planet 2 designer Jun Takeuchi has been a very fervent admirer of Epic's Gears of War games, even going so far to say that the controls in his Resident Evil 5 were influenced by the games (though sadly, RE5 did not feature chainsaw rifles).

It's currently unknown just what form the Dom & Marcus cameo will take - will they be in the story mode? Will they be downloadable or unlockable characters for the multiplayer? Will they be appearing on the PS3 version too or just the Xbox 360 version? We don't know. All we know is that crossovers between different development studios are still awesome, and the world needs more of them.

I'm calling Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield as bonus characters in Gears of War 3 [http://www.amazon.com/Gears-War-3-Xbox-360/dp/B002I0H79C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1278968429&sr=1-1] right now. Just for the record.

(Via Andriasang [http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2010/01/26/lost_planet_2_date_and_gears_tieup/])

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John Funk

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Cameos? Whats next nathan drake in fudging gta? Soap in modnation racers? Masterchief in GTA?
 

rossatdi

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What the?

I don't get it. I'm not attached to the franchises but their similarities extend about as far as their playing perspective. Very odd. Cool trailer though.
 

Doug

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What. The. Fuck.

Why are they slumming it in a crappy game like Lost Planet? Also, how's it lost? THERE STANDING ON IT!
 

Doug

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PayJ567 said:
Cameos? Whats next nathan drake in fudging gta? Soap in modnation racers? Masterchief in GTA?
Actually...some of those would be good, if only to see the fun as Master Chief shoots Roman.
 

Syntax Error

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It's unlikely for Marcus and Dom to appear in the PS3 version (Gears being an exclusive, after all). But since we've seen Sonic, Mario and Snake duking it out in one system (and in a single game, no less), maybe someday they will.
 

MurderousToaster

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I don't really care, given that LP2 is based around a bunch of faceless characters. They're probably unlockable player models or something.
 

John Funk

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Doug said:
PayJ567 said:
Cameos? Whats next nathan drake in fudging gta? Soap in modnation racers? Masterchief in GTA?
Actually...some of those would be good, if only to see the fun as Master Chief shoots Roman.
Mabye but where is the originality in that... It just stagnates all franchises further.
 

Doug

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PayJ567 said:
Doug said:
PayJ567 said:
Cameos? Whats next nathan drake in fudging gta? Soap in modnation racers? Masterchief in GTA?
Actually...some of those would be good, if only to see the fun as Master Chief shoots Roman.
Mabye but where is the originality in that... It just stagnates all franchises further.
True. Mind you, Lost Planet wasn't exactly fresh and delicious to begin with ;)
 

wooty

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What on earth is goin on?

Is this the way developers are handling the downturn, by merging games?
 

Swaki

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how will that fit into the story, i have never played lost planet, all i know about the game is what i learned from the first unskippable, but they seem to be very far away from gears of war, both in time and distance.
 

Hippobatman

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According to Eurogamer.net:

Both Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago made an appearance in the trailer. Word is they will be exclusive downloadable characters for the Xbox 360 version of the game, and they won't play any role in the story mode.
Source: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/gears-characters-playable-in-lost-planet-2

Yeah, as you say; crossovers are awesome, I concur. However, I personally like a clear and valid reason behind it. Not just because having Master Chief in Viva Piñata would be cool.
 

fix-the-spade

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Got to love Capcom and their addiction to crossovers.

Gaming needs more crossovers, especially ones that make no sense (like a squad of ODST's dropping into the middle of Modern warfare 3 for no good reason).
 

Scrythe

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Worst Tuesday ever.

Not only do I just find out that Zero is only playable in the Wii version of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, but now I've completely lost interest in Lost Planet 2. I fucking hate Gears of War with an unburning passion.

In just a few years, Epic went from my all-time favorite game company to my all time most hated (right next to Bungie and Bioware) in a downward spiral.