Dead Space 2 drifting onto X360, PS3, PC

EA and Visceral Games confirm new installment in survival horror shooter will follow original game protagonist, light on additional details.

Two weeks after Dead Space landed to glowing critical praise in 2008, EA was already talking about a sequel. Speaking to Variety, then-Visceral Games general manager Glenn Schofield said that a follow-up would be predicated on the sales results of the original. Further evidence of a follow-up surfaced in September, when EA revealed through a job listing that development on a Dead Space "sequel" would begin "in the next few months."

Isaac Clarke has more strategic dismembering to do.

Today, EA made Dead Space 2 official, announcing that the game would see release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Oddly, the publisher provided no time frame for when Dead Space 2 will be released. EA's opacity on the release date is consistent with statements made in October, when the publisher refuted a Reuters report indicating that the game would be out sometime in 2010.

EA was equally cagey on what gamers can expect from Dead Space 2. The game will again follow Isaac Clarke, better known as the primary protagonist from the original. EA didn't offer much by way of plot details, saying only that Clarke will again engage with the zombielike necromorphs. The publisher promises to deliver new weapons, characters, and environments in the Dead Space sequel.

Dead Space 2 isn't EA's only expansion to the original survivor horror shooter. The publisher collaborated with Starz Media on the animated feature film Dead Space: Downfall in 2009. In July, Variety reported that a live-action adaption of the game is also in development, with Eagle Eye helmer D.J. Caruso attached to direct. EA released the Wii-exclusive on-rails shooter Dead Space: Extraction in September, a game that sold fewer than 9,300 units upon its debut.

Check out GameSpot's previous coverage of the original for an idea of what to expect from Dead Space 2.

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rexj7
rexj7

i got the game but i want the 2nd so bad!!!

G5_12
G5_12

The first dead space was and is amazing! I just hope that the second one will be more thrilling and more tense.

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

way to snark at your pick for Wii game of the year it shows real uniformity.

Justinps2hero
Justinps2hero

This game will be worth the wait, I for one am really looking forward to it. Dead Space was the best survival thriller to date, with big levels, heavy upgrades and a smashing story to boot! Great news.

Ancient-Knight
Ancient-Knight

The original Dead Space was just...amazing. The atmosphere, the environments, the monsters, everything was simply beautiful. Dead Space 2 will probably not be as scary as the first one because you will obviously be familiar with the elements from the first game. Still though, if they could expand and improve on most of the things the first game had offered, then Dead Space 2 would be successful in my eyes, regardless of whether it turns out to be scarier than the first one, or not. Let's all cross our fingers and hope that this sequel is at the very least as good as it's predecessor!

Schmitty722
Schmitty722

lol im in love with this game i just love curb stomping babies it replaced resident evil 5 but dont get me wrong it was good but dead space is better i have all the achievements and im still playing that game i even made my own achievements try killing the hive mind with the flame thrower lol its hard but you can do it the ripper is impossible lol cause i tryied espcailly cause when your upside down its over

Shishio817
Shishio817

I completed the first 2, 3 times. Loved it, such an incredible atmosphere, and I loved how it was set up on levels

Talk2Luke
Talk2Luke

I echo what BoondockSaint66 said about the original game. It was absolutely incredible and I loved every minute of it. I completed it twice as far as I can remember.

nohabs
nohabs

Another game to put on my wish list

BoondockSaint66
BoondockSaint66

Dead Space was the most fun I'd had with a horror game in a while, so I'm very excited to pick up the sequel when it comes out. Dismemberment FTW!

Henninger
Henninger

Just bought the 1st Dead Space the other day. Lookin 4ward 2 playin it & if its as good as ppl claim it 2 b, then yea i'll b getting the 2nd 1 as well.

EverteMax
EverteMax

Dead space was pretty perfect in terms of gameplay. So as long as the story is good (dun rinse and repeat from 1 of course), i think EA will get themselves another bestseller. As for the movie, NO game should ever be adapted to a movie. The way of presenting story in game and movie is totally different. That's why so many game movies suck.

severe_009
severe_009

I hope the next Dead Space doesn't suffer the "sequel sydrome" where the sequel sucks.. I hope they improve and add more features to the great game Dead Space, like what AC2 did.

SpacePirate6
SpacePirate6

About the movie, David Fincher could work wonders with this. Even though Alien 3 sucked, I think he could totally pull it off with Dead Space. It's a shame about the direction they've chosen to go in with the movie.

SpacePirate6
SpacePirate6

@ masterchiefx3: Really? I actually thought it was pretty lengthy, compared to most other games released over the past couple years.

masterchiefx3
masterchiefx3

the first deadspace was preety short so i hope the second one is a little bit longer

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Crimson_xWolfx. resident evil 5 is qaulity and that has co op. also left 4 dead. A lot of the top games are co op. co op is a good thing. it does not make a horror game any less of a horror game. While i don't see dead space being co op it would be a good thing if it was. i know i enjoyed completing professional mode of resident evil 5 with my cousin.

firehawk998
firehawk998

When this game will be released I need to buy some brown coloured pants by that time.

blancobo
blancobo

Ok, my first impressions on this review: 1. Dead Space 2 is fact without a fixed due date. 2. The sequel will expand on the success of the predecessor. (No innovation results in a lower GS review) 3. A Movie with the director of Eagle Eye... that movie IMO was horribly ridiculous. Borderline stupid... and having Vic Mackie as the Sec.Def. made President by a Computer... worse. The Shield was the best cop show out there. 4. Hasn't anyone already figured out that selling M games in the Wii is a bad move in general. These games are appreciated by the Hard Core videoaudience that still supports console PS/XB/PC systems.

solidniko
solidniko

its coming out on the 3rd of jan 2011 sadly it says on the ebgames website

JoshZA
JoshZA

Bring on the necromorphs!!! :D

Vegeta-sama
Vegeta-sama

I was iffy about this game, but it's pretty effen good... I may even buy it

alienmlbyrne0
alienmlbyrne0

@ Nemesis4747, I will don't worry about that:)

rockatanski
rockatanski

Yeah, I agree Ownage. This is gonna get banned because of that useless old piece of $!#@ attorney imbecile. Just get a PlayAsia account, buy the US version and it will be at your doorstep in less than a week. I might just do that for safety even if the Oz version is released coz I don't trust the OFLC ever again after what they did with Grand Theft 4 and especially OMG friggen L4D2.

OwnageGuy
OwnageGuy

i bet atkinson will ban this. i mean really! atkinson is forcing us to attempt to pirate or get these games imported.

Nemesis4747
Nemesis4747

@ alienmlbyrne0 if that happens, order it from UK or somthing

Rummy500
Rummy500

I'd like to tell myself it will come out August 2010 but I know thats wishful thinking. It will most likely be Febuary 2011. . . *SIGH*

alienmlbyrne0
alienmlbyrne0

Yeah right, this will be another banned game in Aus the way we're going. Because we're all immature and aren't allowed to play video games, Isn't that right Mr. Atkinson?

Syaz1
Syaz1

dead space is excellent! i'll buy ds2 on DAY ONE! it ranks at no 3 on my favs, the 1st and 2nd being ac2 and mass effect. there's nothings much to improve really on the 1st game. at most, they just have to refine the camera, and make the graphics better in some parts (less jaggies and sharper shadows). might be nice if it uses the euphoria animation as well.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

still need to play the first. looking forward to this though.

DanC1989
DanC1989

I still mean to try the first one! :P

lamprey263
lamprey263

Dead Space was such an excellent game I sometimes worry they won't be able to pull of such a stunning success twice in a row. But as long as they get the time they need to make this game right and EA doesn't force them to rush it I think it can be just as great as the last one. At the very least, I'm glad they're making a sequel, I was worried that when EA was getting rid of a lot of their studios that Visceral might have been on the chop block. As for the co-op debate, I side with having no co-op, after all what Dead Space does right is put "horror" back into "survival horror", which is a dying genre these days. There's nothing scary about playing a game co-op with your partner blabbering away into the headset. Games are scariest played alone, late at night, with the lights off, with the surround sound cranked up. The kinds of things that were frightening in the first Dead Space wouldn't work for co-op, partners would be constantly triggering scary sequences without you by running ahead, you wouldn't have to constantly be turning around to check to make sure something wasn't creeping on you if your partner had your back. Also, working on multiplayer features will only take away production time from perfecting the single player campaign. If they're going to make any multiplayer, they should just work on a non-campaign survival mode of some kind.

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

*SPOILER* I thought Clarke died at the end of Dead Space? Or am I wrong? I loved Dead Space, more than I loved RE5 and I'm a die hard Resident Evil fan, I hope they don't screw the sequel up...

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

More scary, and less Wii versions...ehhhhh....

Yakuz-A
Yakuz-A

Yet again I must emphasize the original lead devs/vets of the Dead Space 'crew' have left EA for Activision. http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/59646 These two were the guys that originally came up with the concept for Dead Space and lead development.

Crimson_xWolfx
Crimson_xWolfx

@jtthegame316 Sure, co-op is a nice touch to a game but for one such as this.. well it'd be better off without it. If you add co-op, you basically take the horror feel away, because then you have someone with you the whole time. It's like I just added multiplayer, which I dearly hope they do not because that will be the end of this game. If I added multiplayer, then the games ruined entirely because focusing on both is just a tedious task and usually doesn't come out well. Since you have to take away some elements from one or the other, and that will destroy the campaign mode completely, because the multiplayer added in would take away key elements that make this game scary as hell or just an extremely thrilling story.

big_mr_a
big_mr_a

we will gone scary again

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

nice dead space 2 i loved the first one. co op would be cool i don't know why some of you lot moan about it. having a game that you can play on you own or play with others is a good thing.

webdoom
webdoom

WOOOHOO cant wait!! first was a brilliant game!

PreachersSon
PreachersSon

@ naryanrobinson, Mario & Zelda have been around almost 30 years, and you think they're NOW going to become old? They're probably more popular now than when you were a kid. Nevertheless, this should be a good game. I just hope they don't fall into the usual pitfalls when it comes to sequels where it loses quality for the "bigger is better" approach.

MarcusVOG
MarcusVOG

NA NA NA! No Co-Op! How many games, nowadays, have been destroied by crappy co-op or multiplayers... If you are gonna do a co-op for Dead Space, try to keep the atmosphere, which is almost impossible, the terros as thrills the payers feels, which will also be impossible, and make it have a good plot, which is pretty possible if you know how to do it. That's pretty much why I don't wanna co-op... Still, this game ROCKS!

shadow551991
shadow551991

kinda liked the first one, it had really new things to offer , specially no HUD display during the game made it incredible. hope it has more new things on this one. don't let us down EA

Dante2710
Dante2710

Still havent beat the first one, though if i decide to buy the sequel, ill prob wont touch co-op till i beat the game first by myself. Looking at the comments, i cant believe people didnt find the game scary, i did, i played it late a night, with headphones on and i could hear every little thing. :) fun

BloodMist
BloodMist

Hope it's actually kinda scary, unlike the first one.

georgeorjose
georgeorjose

yay co op i wont be that scared to get killed by zombies aliens no more.

Phacet
Phacet

survival horror + co-op = a fantastic way to kill dead space. no no no

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

I thoroughly enjoyed Dead Space 1 so this one should be good.... I like the idea of Co-Op too