Lost Planet 3 Announced [UPDATE] By Jonathan Barnes, 10 Apr 2012 CommentsUPDATELost Planet 3 has now been officially announced by Capcom along with some screenshots and juicy details.Lost Planet 3 will be a prequel to the first two entries and will (as the trailer showed) mark a return to the extreme and unpredictable conditions of the original. Gamers will be playing as Jim, a rig pilot who leaves Earth to take on hazardous and lucrative jobs working for Neo-Venus Construction (NEVEC) who are preparing E.D.N. III for colonization by charting terrain and obtaining samples of Thermal Energy.The crux of the story involves the NEVEC's Thermal Energy reserves running low, which leads Jim to take increasingly riskier (and higher paying) jobs to locate natural sources of Thermal Energy on E.D.N. III. Playing as Jim, gamers will get to use his utility rig which provides safe harbor from the dangerous climate changes and a variety of tools to assist in the collection of Thermal Energy.Capcom has also provided a few tech notes:* The game will shift between the first person point of view (while in the rig) and the third person point of view (while on foot).* Lost Planet 3 will utilize the Unreal 3 Engine, not the MT Framework engine that powered the past two titles.And now those juicy screenshots:Lost Planet 3 is currently set for an "Early 2013" launch window.ORIGINAL STORYUnlike sub sailors, I enjoy a good leak now and then. Fortunately, Capcom recognized this and decided to let the first trailer for Lost Planet 3 slip during Captivate. Lost Planet 3 is being developed by Spark Unlimited and is currently sans release date. We'll be sure to keep you updated as further details emerge.VideoScreenshotsUpcoming ReleaseXbox 360 Written by Jonathan BarnesJonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.