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Dino Crisis

Dino Crisis BoxDino Crisis is a survival horror video game developed by Capcom Production Studio 4 and published by Capcom for the PlayStation.  Created by the Resident Evil development team the game is the first installment in the Dino Crisis series.

Directed and produced by Shinji Mikami, the game shares many gameplay similarities with the Resident Evil series.  The game centers around a special operations agent, Regina who is sent along with a team to investigate a secluded island research facility.  The special operations agency recently discovered that Dr. Edward Kirk, a world-renowned scientist who was reported dead three years earlier was leading a secret weapons project within the facility.  Regina along with three other agents are sent to the island to apprehend Dr. Kirk and return him to custody.  Upon investigation the team quickly discovers the island overran with dinosaurs.  Players control Regina as they investigate the facility to discover its secrets and ultimately escape the island alive.

The development team chose to use an original 3D engine with real-time environments opposed to the pre-rendered background found in the Resident Evil series in order to create better cinematic action and more dramatic characters.  The shift to using a real-time engine also came with additional limitations based on the PlayStation’s hardware capability.  The team had to be mindful of the level of detail that went into the environment to ensure that the game would perform well on the PlayStation hardware.  The hardware’s polygon limitation caused the team to scrap a jungle themed scene and the game’s setting mainly takes place indoors in an enclosed environment.

Capcom first revealed the game at the 1999 Spring Toyko Game Show and received a positive reception.  The game released in Japan on July 1, 1999, two months prior to the Japanese release of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.   Upon release the game was inevitably compared to the Resident Evil series with inspirations from the Jurassic Park movie franchise by critics.   Despite the comparisons critics praised the game for its enhancements and alterations to the gameplay format that was made famous by Resident Evil.  Dino Crisis was an instant commercial success in Japan selling more than 300,000 units within a week of its release.

The game released in North America on August 31, 1999, also a few months prior to the North American release of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.   The initial North American release of Dino Crisis came with a demo disc for Resident Evil 3: Nemesis to promote its upcoming release.  Reception for the game in North America was similar to its reception in Japan as the game was an instant success.   The game preformed very well for Capcom, selling approximately 2.4 million copies worldwide on the PlayStation.   Due to the success of the game Capcom created ports for the Dreamcast and PC which release in late 2000 as well as began work on a sequel.   The success of the game spawned another hit franchise for Capcom and helped them secure the position as the lead developer of survival horror games.

Developer(s)Capcom Production Studio 4
Virgin Interactive (EU)
SeriesDino Crisis
SuccessorDino Crisis 2
Media TypeOptical Disc
ReleaseJP: July 1, 1999
NA: August 31, 1999
EU: October 29, 1999
Genre(s)Survival Horror
Development TimeTBD
Sales2.4m (PlayStation Release)
RatingCERO: 15+
BBFC: 15
Rereleased Platform(s)Ports
Dreamcast – 2000
PC – 2000

Digital Releases
PlayStation 3 – 2009
PSP – 2009
PS Vita – 2012

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Dino Crisis Intro & Launch Commercial

Shinji MikamiShinji MikamiProducer
Noritaka FunamizuNoritaka FunamizuGeneral Producer
Yoshiki OkamotoYoshiki OkamotoSupervisor
Shu TakumiDesigner
Event Director
Kuniomi MatsushitaDesigner
Event Director
Hiroyuki KobayashiHiroyuki KobayashiDesigner
Event Director
Profile PlaceholderKazunori TazakiEvent Directors
Motion Designer
Character Designer & Model Creator
Profile PlaceholderYuko NakadaiStage Designer
Profile PlaceholderYuichi AkimotoStage Designer
Character Designer & Model Creator
Title / Effect
Masachika KawataStage Model Creator
Profile PlaceholderShizuyo UkaiStage Model Creator
Profile PlaceholderTomoya ŌtsuboStage Model Creator
Profile PlaceholderYusuke KanStage Model Creator
Profile PlaceholderNaohiro YamadaStage Model Creator
Profile PlaceholderToshiya KotaniStage Model Creator
Profile PlaceholderKoichi HidakaStage Model Creator
Koichi MinamiStage Model Creator
Profile PlaceholderShigeomi OkamuraStage Model Creator
Profile PlaceholderYasuyo KondōCharacter Designer & Model Creator
Yoshifumi HattoriMotion Designer
Profile PlaceholderNobuaki YamazakiMotion Designer
Profile PlaceholderMasateru NakaoMotion Designer
Makoto TomozawaSound Composer
Sayaka FujitaSound Composer
Akari KaidaSound Composer
Shun NishigakiSound Composer
Profile PlaceholderAtsushi MoriSound Designer
Profile PlaceholderTomoyuki KawakamiSound Designer
Profile PlaceholderNoriko AndoSound Designer
Kazuya TakimotoRecording Engineer
Profile PlaceholderKyle GudmundsonRecording Engineer
Profile PlaceholderRyuta TakahashiMain System
CG Movie / Interface
Profile PlaceholderTakeshi EnomotoSound System
Event Program
Camera System
Profile PlaceholderYoshiaki NishimuraPlayer / Effects
Event Program
Profile PlaceholderMiyuki OhiroEnemy Program
Profile PlaceholderYuji HagiyamaEnemy Program
Profile PlaceholderMasakatsu EndoEvent Program
Profile PlaceholderNoriyuki ŌtaniEvent Program
Profile PlaceholderAkiko MatobaEvent Program
Profile PlaceholderNaoya TerayamaCG Movie (opening, interlude, ending-helicopter)
Profile PlaceholderKazuyuki HattaCG Movie (opening, interlude, ending-helicopter)
Profile PlaceholderNaoki MatsumotoCG Movie (opening, interlude, ending-helicopter)
Profile PlaceholderNozomi MurasakiCG Movie (opening, interlude, ending-helicopter)
Profile PlaceholderShinichi OgataCG Movie (opening, interlude, ending-helicopter)
Profile PlaceholderAkihiro MiuraCG Movie (opening, interlude, ending-helicopter)
Profile PlaceholderMasaru YasokawaCG Movie (opening, interlude, ending-helicopter)
Profile PlaceholderKousuke MurakamiCG Movie (opening, interlude, ending-helicopter)
Profile PlaceholderKana ShimotsumaCG Movie (opening, interlude, ending-helicopter)
Profile PlaceholderMariko ToriyamaCG Movie (opening, interlude, ending-helicopter)
Profile PlaceholderMiki NishiokaCG Movie (opening, interlude, ending-helicopter)
Profile PlaceholderTsutomu SetomotoCG Movie (ending)
Profile PlaceholderMakoto FukushimaCG Movie (ending)
Profile PlaceholderMasaki SakaiCG Movie (ending)
Profile PlaceholderRui SasakiCG Movie (ending)
Profile PlaceholderKenji IsobeCG Movie (ending)
Profile PlaceholderSatoshi MaruyamaCG Movie (ending)
Profile PlaceholderKei WatanabeCG Movie (ending)
Profile PlaceholderManabu TakahashiCG Movie (ending)
Profile PlaceholderSeiya TakahamaCG Movie (ending)
Profile PlaceholderAkiko KosekiCG Movie (ending)
Profile PlaceholderKaori SatoCG Movie (ending)
Profile PlaceholderRyo TakahashiCG Movie (ending)
Profile PlaceholderMiho ObaraCG Movie (ending)
Stephanie MorgensternVoice Actors (Regina)
Richard YearwoodVoice Actors (Rick)
Adrian TrussVoice Actors (Gail)
Alex KarzisVoice Actors (Dr. Kirk)
Rob TinklerVoice Actors (Tom, Cooper)
Profile PlaceholderBino TautorrezVoice Actors (Researcher)
Profile PlaceholderOlive YuVoice Actors (Soldier Dispatcher)
Profile PlaceholderSusan HartRecording Producer
Profile PlaceholderErik SuzukiVoice Director
Profile PlaceholderHanshaw Ink & ImageManual Design
Todd ThorsonMarketing
Profile PlaceholderSean MylettMarketing
Profile PlaceholderRobert JohnsonMarketing
Profile PlaceholderMichiko Morita WangCreative Services
Package Design
Profile PlaceholderJennifer DeauvilleCreative Services
Profile PlaceholderMarion CliffordCreative Services
Profile PlaceholderJamie GibsonCreative Services
Package Design
Profile PlaceholderMasayuki FukumotoManual Translation
Melinda MongelluzzoPR
Matt AtwoodPR
Profile PlaceholderCarrie MegenityPR
Yasuhisa KawamuraSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderKōtarō MatsumotoSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderTom ShiraiwaSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderMiki TakanoSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderDan OkadaSpecial Thanks
Chris TangChris TangSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderKenichirō YoshimuraSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderMotoji FujitaSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderTakuji MishimaSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderMasahiro OkamotoSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderCapcom Video StaffSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderBill GardnerSpecial Thanks
Robert LindseySpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderElisa MathezSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderJill UebelSpecial Thanks
Tina KowalewskiSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderNathan WilliamsSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderMark GalarneauSpecial Thanks

Stephanie MorgensternVoice Actors (Regina)
Richard YearwoodVoice Actors (Rick)
Adrian TrussVoice Actors (Gail)
Alex KarzisVoice Actors (Dr. Kirk)
Rob TinklerVoice Actors (Tom, Cooper)
Profile PlaceholderBino TautorrezVoice Actors (Researcher)Profile Placeholder
Profile PlaceholderOlive YuVoice Actors (Soldier Dispatcher)

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