Dead Space 2 'Severed' DLC announced

Paid download pack for XBL and PSN bundles two single-player missions surrounding Dead Space: Extraction characters; release date and price TBD; game to use Online Pass.

Dead Space 2 only launched today for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, but developer Visceral Games is already readying the title's first batch of add-on content.

Announced today was the Severed downloadable content. The two-mission add-on pack brings Dead Space: Extraction characters Gabe Weller and Lexine Murdock into the world of Dead Space 2. Specifically, gamers will play as Gabe, a Sprawl security guard, who must defeat the nefarious necromorphs and get himself and Lexine to safety.

Dead Space 2 gets severed later this year.

Severed is set to be released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 later this year at an undisclosed price. Neither a price nor a release date was offered for the PC iteration of the expansion.

In addition to announcing the downloadable content, EA today noted that new copies of Dead Space 2 come bundled with an Online Pass code that enables full access to the game's online features. Those without a code can purchase one from Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network for 800 Microsoft points or $10.

For more on the just-released horror title, check out GameSpot's review of Dead Space 2.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Dr_Kleiner
Dr_Kleiner

Well this is crap! You wait for DS2 and when you get it you are like: WOHOOOOO!!!! I GOT IT! I GOT IT! 5 mins later on the news... EA announced a DLC pack called Severed blah,blah,blah... and it will be charged 10 BUCKS TO FULLY UNLEASH THE DS2, while the NEW BUNDLED DS2 COPIES COME WITH A FREE PASS!!!! Conclusion: EA is a b****. Life is a b****. You are an as***** for buying this game right when it came out!

lsw3638
lsw3638

This might be good strategy to stay profitable but it sure would pxxx off lots of customers. If only there's a way to effetively counteract to this...

JSusie
JSusie

Visceral to EA: Here's your game! 100% finished and wow is it good! EA: Weeellll, that's great and all, but we only need 70% of it right now. We'll just release the next 30% in 5% increments and charge people $10 a pop.

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

@Viron_Berserker I'm with you the multiplayer is awesome but I think the maps might get old after a while, hopefully they'll add more down the line

Gen007
Gen007

@Barighm Absolutely right man. The games great it really is but after spending a good amount of time with it i have to say it dosent feel like its evolved all that much from first game. It leans more towards the really good expansion side of things. GS hit that dead on in their review.

DEATH775
DEATH775

Wow I haven't bought the game yet and already they are releasing the DLC. Hope the DLC is worth it

Barighm
Barighm

This game is turning out to be a serious offender with regards to nickle and diming. Yeah, there's a couple new guns, but most of the new stuff is DLC only. It's a little absurb considering Dead Space wasn't that big a hit in the first place. Note: you can activate a 2 day free trial of multiplayer if you're just renting the game.

klownluv
klownluv

games been out for 2 days and already has DLC coming out later..They did a very nice job with their internet servers..have not lagged once...Love this game from head to toe..keep it going guys great job..

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

Still on the ropes about getting it, someone tell me something that will make me buy it :D.

Alex_09
Alex_09

@cusseta123 No I consider games that actually take up a large part of the disc worth the cost. So... Fallout, Oblivion, Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto(all of those games were more than full, and THEN the devs added on DLC for fans who wanted more from them), hell some of the Call of Duty games have more substance than Dead Space 2 unfortunately. I assumed it was at least 12 hours long, I've since realized I was off by about 4 hours. I'm not saying it's a bad game, I'm saying the developers should be charging half the price of a full game if they didn't even plan to finish it before releasing, and are going to offer extra gameplay as soon as it's released and all of the big fans have already bought it. I'm certain some of the other DLC released will involve Isaac as well, so it's similar to buying a ticket to a 1 hour movie, only to find out you don't get to see the ending without spending more. Every game doesn't need 100 hours of gameplay, but lots of them could include 100 hours of gameplay and the developers choose not to have more than 10 per cent of that amount in the entire game.

Cobretti1818
Cobretti1818

No PC love? Maybe they know none of us will fall for this scam.

Alex_09
Alex_09

@Khatjal Yeah I can't deny I still buy them when the best way to end this nonsense would be to give them up for a while, but at the very least I wait a year now for their games to be cheaper and so they include a few add ons. I'm hoping their online pass rule doesn't require you to buy the game new within the first few months of release, because you can still get a new game a year later for half the price if you wait for a fair deal. Kotick is definitely greedy too, but even Activision hasn't started milking their customers this quickly. I agree with you on Guitar Hero as well, that's basically a subscription based game.

TensaZangetsu19
TensaZangetsu19

online pass will cutdown on the amount of players. because if someone buys it used there not going to pay more money to play online it that simple.

OaklandRaiderz
OaklandRaiderz

DLC is a way of releasing an unfinished game and making you pay extra to play the full game

muppen
muppen

No one is forcing anyone to buy anything here, stop acting like that is the case. If you don't want to play it, then don't buy it. Simple.

the_ChEeSe_mAn2
the_ChEeSe_mAn2

Can't wait for a Steam sale next holidays with all DLC included for a fraction of the game's current $60+ price.

tyskenfan
tyskenfan

Not sure if I will by them. But wait a minute. Am I correct in asuming that EA wants to charge us to be able to play online?

SkidRow18
SkidRow18

really? i haven't even brought the game yet....

NooDLES-666
NooDLES-666

DLCs are like gas prices, they keep going up, but people keep buying. It has to get to a point where theres a stand and millions of people stop paying for it, but that will never happen because everyone is too afraid of "oh no I cant miss work" or "i gotta pay another $15 on top of the $80 I paid for the game to play NEW content" I hate this world, it is ass backwards.

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

@ ahpuck Exactly!! I too remember when you got rewarded for playing the game well and putting the effort into it. Now you get rewarded for blindly throwing money at it.

pelvist
pelvist

I didnt even buy the game yet, glad i didnt because i wont be buying it now.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

DLC.. Access Codes.. What a load of crap. I'm sorry but when games have an rrp of 49.99 how can they then justify charging you even more when they could have quite easily put it on the disc. In fact half the time the content is already on the disc but you need to buy the code - Joke! I suppose until people stop buying it though there's nout us concerned gamers can do.. p.s. In addition to this I would also like to add that on MoH roughly every 5 games I magically "disconnect" to be greeted with a message telling me to buy the online access code. No EA. Sod off already.

shansss123
shansss123

really i hate these stupid DLC's

buft
buft

the rubbish on sale today was the icing on the cake, the games out here in the UK on thursday and considering they want me to pay $75 for everything thats on the disk is beyond a joke. I will be voting with my wallet this time and wont be paying EAs Disk tax again

Evilnator
Evilnator

I usually hate on DLC, but this has the characters from extraction! Worth it!

ACWH
ACWH

The simple answer is to boycott DLC. Until a significant number of do it, there's no point in whining.

myungish
myungish

Wait, so it's officially announced that the PC version won't get the DLCs? Is there a source? I'll seriously reconsider buying this game if they alienate my chosen platform.

SpinoRaptor24
SpinoRaptor24

Remember when expansions actually came with substantial content? Good times.

TheDecoy2124
TheDecoy2124

I'll pay 10 bucks to play an EA game online when the servers are someday improved. As for DS2, absolutely fantastic so far, even if the CE plasma cutter was somewhat, meh.

Veronity
Veronity

This DLC thingy is getting weird, im sorry to say this but all those who buy the game will have to pay extra to pay those DLC called craps, while in the other side those who play pirated versions will enjoy full game thanks to hackers... isnt this really pushing ppl to piratism more and more cause of being too greedy?

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

I'am enjoying Dead Space 2 but lol at EA.. First the "online mode" having to be purchased if you rent the game now DLC being announced (and prolly already finished) the DAY of release? Meh w/e.. Back to Dead Space 2 :)

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

Forcing myself to wait until Saturday - my birthday - to play this. The Crysis 2 demo is, thankfully, keeping my busy until then. But damned if I don't wanna get started now.

Vhial
Vhial

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood got it right, all the DLC so far has been free.

GOR_TAK
GOR_TAK

Day 1 DLC is BS and the biggest scam of the current digital distribution model. DLC should be released to extend the life of a game beyond it's natural lifespan and to keep its community alive. NOT to nickle and dime the consumer from the outset. You developers want to cry a river over piracy but it's ridiculous practices like this that gets you no sympathy and fosters contempt in consumers and goads them into returing your screw job right back to you.

Groove60
Groove60

Don't worry guys, they waited a couple hours after the game was released to tell us we are supposed to pay more for content that's on the disc we just bought!

TensaZangetsu19
TensaZangetsu19

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Mr_Ditters
Mr_Ditters

I've been desensitized to the whole release DLC on disc thing. I can always choose to not buy it. The big thing is the unlocking online code. That effects me directly as it devalues resale of my purchase. Its EA stickin it to me. That is why I will not buy this game until it is $10 on Steam.

dkslade
dkslade

ALL you people should be wrong with this.... you are NOT d/l it, you are UNLOCKING it on disc. each d/l is 108.00KB. which is smaller than a theme or rock band song. EA started this with brutal legend.....and its BS

toddx77
toddx77

@PixelAddict People wouldn't be complaining so much if this wasn't announced today. When a compnay annonces DLC so soon after launch it just shows that they were lazy. If your going to charge someone $60 for a game then give them everything you got, make the player have as much content to play as possible. The developers should then pay attention to what fans are saying and then start making DLC with that knowledge. That way the fans get a complete game and getting DLC of what they want which means they will more likely be willing to pay for it. Also the fact that it wasn't even announced for pc is like EA telling us pc gamers they are not as valued as their console gamers.

kenny1292
kenny1292

@PixelAddict You can never satisfy everyone. They do one thing, this group of people complains, they do what they want, another group complains. It never ends and someone will always be displeased. Unfortunatly that is the world we live in today. I do agree with you though. I like this and am looking foward to this DLC. I beat the game only about an hour ago and it was quite amazing. I don't understand how people can get angry at them for releasing costume and weapon packs on the first day. It's for people that want it. Visceral Games isn't gonna think "wait, some people might not want to buy this because they don't think it's worth it. We shouldn't release this even though other people might want to buy it." No. That's not how this works. I didn't buy it because i didn't want it. But i don't think they are trying to suck out all our money. Just because they are exploring their opportunities to make more profit, they're not trying to force you to give them as much money as possible. It's not like they sold you the game then said "now you have to pay more to get past the main menu." (this is kinda like the online pass situation which I don't like but that's EA games and they are getting greedy in my opinion)

ahpuck
ahpuck

Remember the days when killing that one boss granted you a shinny new sword, piece of armor or new gun? now days you only get a useless achievement or trophy. You want that shinny sword, armor or gun, you have to pay for it. :)

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Wow. People complain if a company does not support their games. People complain if they do support their games. What I am getting here is people... complain. Would I like it if all DLC was free? Sure, EA/Criterion and Burnout Paradise was awesome for that reason... then they did Big Surf Island and charged us. But it was a great deal of content, so maybe I can see the value. My point is... PEOPLE. This is ten bucks. This is the cost of a ridiculously oversized meal at McDonald's. Get over it. If it's worth it to you, BUY IT. If not, move on to the next flavor of the month game and don't bother the rest of us who do champion (good word @hardeddie, been playin' long as you, too) publishers such as Gearbox, Criterion, Valve, and a few others.

Game-fu
Game-fu

I'm about to stop buying anything multi-platform PERIOD. Alienating a third of the market share and then rubbing it in our faces on LAUNCH DAY is absurd. These people have no scruples.