dead_rising_2Even though it’s not clear at the moment if Dead Rising 2 will be released on computers as well, Capcom just announced the release date of the upcoming game and we can only hope we’ll see a “Games for Windows Live” stamped on it too. Either way, Dead Rising 2 will be released in North America on August 31st and in Europe on September 3rd.

The Dead Rising series is renowned for letting players pick up and use everyday items to fend off hordes of the undead, but Dead Rising 2 adds a new twist with combination weapons. Take two objects, add a roll of tape plus the inventiveness and skilled hands of Chuck Greene and hey presto, an innocent water gun and a can of gasoline become a deadly flamethrower, while a garden rake and car battery combine to create an electrified zombie prod.

Creating and using combination weapons will not just result in novel ways to tackle Dead Rising 2’s shuffling cast of thousands as the more combo weapons a player uses, the more Prestige Points (PPs) they will rack up. Earn enough PPs and Chuck levels up, which in turn delivers its own benefits. Hopefully one of them includes PC rigs.