Dead Space 2 ships nearly 2 million units

Visceral's horror survival game almost double-platinum one week after shipping for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC; outselling original 2-to-1

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Last week, Electronic Arts shipped Dead Space 2, the sequel to its acclaimed 2008 horror survival game. Like its predecessor, the game received stellar reviews from critics. However, unlike its forebearer, which debuted to middling sales, there is little question about it being a runaway hit.

Dead Space 2 is flying high in terms of sales.

In a conference call with analysts following EA's holiday-quarter earnings report, executives discussed some aspects of current-quarter performance. Chief operating officer John Schappert said that in just one week, Dead Space 2 has shipped nearly 2 million units to stores--and is outselling the original on a 2-to-1 basis. For reference, the original Dead Space took eight months to sell through 1.4 million units.

Developed by internal studio Visceral Games, Dead Space 2 follows the further adventures of Isaac Clarke, the engineer hero of the first game. After battling the mutating zombielike necromorphs on a deep space mining vessel, Clarke finds himself inside The Sprawl, a huge metropolis anchored to one of Saturn's moons. Things quickly go south, however, once the necromorphs ravage the city, forcing Isaac through an outer space maze filled with the menacing creatures.

For more on Dead Space 2, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

102 comments
Tsandberg18
Tsandberg18

DS2 IMO outdid the first in scares. Something about not knowing when something was going to come from behind me when i'm in a big room freaks me out more then a small hallway. I was always looking behind me just to see if something was there whenever I heard something. I never had that feeling in the first one. I tend to feel more helpless in a big room surrounded by things then in a small hallway. That's just me though. I also found the game harder then the first as well. That's a good thing. The single player i really enjoyed however i actually enjoy the multiplayer more then the single player. I'm going to work at this until i beat hardcore no matter how long it takes me. I really enjoy the game and I really hope a DS3 will be in the works soon, just not to soon. Don't want them to rush it. For me, It's GOTY. It's early but I love Dead Space plus it's the only story that I've really payed attention to. Keep up the great work EA. PS:The one thing I found odd about the game though is the way that Nicole looks. She doesn't look like her.

FearlessOb1
FearlessOb1

Yeah Dead Space 2 is not doubt one of the best videogame experiences I have had for a long time. I best it last night and was very pleased about the ending and the little teaser on the 3rd one. I cant wait to find out where the game is heading to next! The only thing I didnt like was that they changed the look of Nicole (Isaac's gf). Nicole in the first Dead Space is SO MUCH cuter and hotter then the Nicole from Dead Space 2. She looks like a freakin old women in the 2nd one.

noturfangirl
noturfangirl

dead space 2 is great. Ian Milham is HOT! He can have my goodies anytime :D

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

Bet EA will still complain about what they lost in piracy though >_>

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

dead space 2 is one of the best games that developed and released by EA. they're deserving this success.

SolidSizzle
SolidSizzle

Managed to finish it last night and can safely say it's absolutely excellent! One of the best games I've played in a while :-D

tachsniper
tachsniper

If this is Dead Space's sophomore slump... my god i cant wait to see DS3.

19Gam3NErD91
19Gam3NErD91

it's great but still a bit sad because i think the first one was really better and should have sold better than this

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

If anyone gets down on the multiplayer and is looking to form up a team let me know.. I been lovein the mp on this game msg me and ill give ya' my XBL tag.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

Well, thats a good thing considering how dissapointing Dante's Inferno was i'll most likely buy it used just 4 the SP. I lol'd pretty hard when i read on the back u needed an online passcode, greedy sods

BlackSheepWalls
BlackSheepWalls

I got it and it is pretty good, of course there is still stuff to improve on like making it scary XD

Gomtor
Gomtor

This game is just amazinggggg! One of the best and deserve every good thing coming to it.

Megaric
Megaric

Im surprised the first one didn't do so well, cause it was ****ing awesome!, and Dead space 2 is no different, I'm glad they're doing well, EA deserves it.

xSTORMBRINGERx
xSTORMBRINGERx

When I first played Dead Space I played for about 20 minutes and turned it off for half a year, refusing to play it because it scared the hell out of me. When I finally got back into it I realized how amazing it was and played 'till I got that damn Platinum trophy. The challenge that Dead Space 2 faces is that I, along with anyone that loved the original, was excited as hell to jump in and see what would happen next. I believe that people that missed the original and play the sequel will be scared as hell while they play. And upon completion of Dead Space 2, they may try the original and form opinions opposite to those that thought the first one was scarier.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@X_Colbert_X When played on the toughest difficulties (or hardcore), Dead Space 2 is absolutely survival horror. Ammo is very limited, necros take many shots, and many times the best option is to run away bravely. This game can be sadistic, and I love it.

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

@Jbul Calling Dead Space 2 a survival horror game is like calling RE4 and RE5 survival horror games. Survival horror is about having limited resources and having to decide whether or not you will have to fight an enemy or run away in terror. Considering Dead Space 2 is based very heavily on combat and action, I'd classify it as more of an action horror game. That being said, Dead Space 2 is an awesome game with a very well-crafted story which serves as a more than worthy follow-up to it's predecessor. It deserves these sales.

aboghannam
aboghannam

Good job EA; this is what happens when you invest in new IP's. Dead Space deserves every success it gets. Bravo EA for not abandoning it when the first didn't perform as it should've commercially.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Just ordered my copy yesterday. I'm glad EA gave these developers a third chance to continue with such a great IP with an excellent story and stellar presentation, where the first game and the Wii game didn't do too well. The first game was one of my all time favorites and I'm sure this game will not disappoint. Here's looking forward to a sequel.

beanz777
beanz777

The game is good i found it much more gruesome at times than DS1 which is exactly what i wanted. :)

NukeKnight
NukeKnight

Great single player game. Multi was really underated by reviewers who are to used to Call of Duty and Halo. Multi player is intense constant action.

santinegrete
santinegrete

... pretty sure the MP didn't help as much as some people and reviewers imagine in this sales. With the greatness of the first one and the quality of an horror game that feels more like an adventure (but stepped in the right direction) such as this sequel, this has to happen. Proves me that the customers side of this market isn't lost at all :P

wyan_
wyan_

Seemingly millions of military shooters out there and really only two games like Dead Space. It deserves to sell so much more than it is. I am actually a bit surprised.

Wolf-5
Wolf-5

Awesome game, well deserved! :D

TTDog
TTDog

@bakasmiley: I'd have concentrated on your maths skills more, £35m times two is £70m, not £75m

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

im happy with my copy i hope 1 million more people will buy it & be happy like the rest of us

bakasmiley
bakasmiley

£35 times 2 million = £75 million! Damn....should have gone into the gaming biz.

Irishspud79
Irishspud79

And if anyone feels it's not survival horror..maybe try hardcore mode? just a suggestion :)

Irishspud79
Irishspud79

@reilly86 You're gonna love chapter 10! :)

steelmouth
steelmouth

i have the 1st dead space and for some strange reason i cant get ma self to finish it, its kinda slow paced for me so i olways ditch it to play even replay some shooter, so i think am get deadspace 2 then play em both back to back, is the story continous or not

kweeni
kweeni

Nice, will have to pick it up eventually.

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

this is what marketing can do. srsly.

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

well my pre-order still hasnt arrived, so my one of those 2 million copies is still missing in action somewhere..........

LustForSoul
LustForSoul

Lol and people said the marketing for that game sucked. In your face....

skipper847
skipper847

2million units sold. One unit of them was a preorder mestake as i pre orded it twice lol. But still awsome game im on chapter 9. Seems abit easier then the first. The DRM on the PC also only lets you install and uninstall the game 5 times only. Think thats abit harsh.

badtaker
badtaker

@Reilly86: get your facts right deadspace 1 and 2 are survival horror if you want 21st century horror game buy amnesia it's a pure horror game

badtaker
badtaker

no demo for PC and DRM how do i know deadspace 2 doesn't have bad controls as first Ea ****

couly
couly

Great game, but it's not survival horror, it's a shooter.

G-Lord
G-Lord

Great message for all the publishers to push new IPs, even when the first part doesn't sell as expected. Mirrors Edge 2 anyone?

Reilly86
Reilly86

I thought the first game was brilliant and showed Capcom how to make a 21st century horror game (Sorry Resi 5 fans but that was rubbish) and number two just keeps getting better and better the more I play. I have currently just entered the playschool area and without giving any spoilers away it is the best part so far and the fear is in full swing with added creepy music. Never again will I be able to hear a music box and not be a little intimidated by it! But I do feel that the first game was scarier. Im glad that EA released Dead Space and not Activison as they would have killed it off after the first game. EA gave it a chance and now its paying off dividends. Well done Visceral for creating such a great horror game and credit to EA who changed their evil ways.

CTR360
CTR360

amazing game thanks E.A.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

this game is really solid

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

A good game deserves good sales. Maybe people who buy this one will go back and purchase the original as well.

Ashrit07
Ashrit07

Thank you EA for giving us a solid Dead Space 2.