Dead Space gets prequel novel in July

Brian Evenson's <i>Martyr</i> to explore background of Church of Unitology, alien artifact at the heart of Electronic Arts' horror shooter franchise.

In recent years, Electronic Arts has gotten serious about turning its original properties into entertainment brands that transcend mere gaming. One of the earlier examples of the publisher's multimedia push was Dead Space, which launched alongside an anime and a comic book and has a feature film adaptation in the works. The publisher revealed the next step for the Dead Space series today, announcing that it would be getting a prequel novel this July, courtesy of Tor Books.

After a long day of slaughtering necromorphs, Isaac Clarke likes to kick back with a good book...about slaughtering necromorphs.

Dead Space: Martyr will explore some of the game's backstory, explaining more about the origins of the Church of Unitology, the mysterious alien artifact, and the first game's necromorph threat. The book is being penned by Brian Evenson, author of horror novels like 2009's Last Days and 2006's The Open Curtain.

The fiction of the Dead Space universe is becoming increasingly fleshed out. EA has built on the original game with a Wii-exclusive spin-off, Dead Space: Extraction, and is working on Dead Space 2 for multiple platforms. That mythology is likely to expand even more, as EA has hopes for Dead Space: Martyr to be just the first of many books based on the franchise.

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41 comments
Mr_War_Criminal
Mr_War_Criminal

Just finished & its a great read. Quick paced with a "reluctant" ending. Praise Altman, willling or not.

ki11ma11
ki11ma11

Definitely gotta get the book now... I love to hear more back story about why the marker is so important.

Knutte79
Knutte79

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Dreski83
Dreski83

After all those comics and animations before the actual game released, I'm more than ready for more goodies from the Dead Space world.

jjarvis92
jjarvis92

hopefully it will have electrolytes because electrolytes are good

Alex_09
Alex_09

I feel terrible for the person that doesn't read a word of Mark Twain's or any other classic author yet knows the complete backstory to Dead Space, Halo, or Star Wars. These authors are put on the spot to create a story, are heavily influenced by the producers/developers of the game, and therefore can't even write naturally, and are relatively inexperienced. How can you expect it to be good? At least the book is based on a game with a great story...

CapedCod
CapedCod

Because nothing gets video game nerds more excited than a book.

OniRaitei
OniRaitei

I'll definitely buy it. I was fascinated by the Dead Space story, and always wanted more.

QtrArt
QtrArt

is so so so so so Coool the best game for ever I wish the D.S 2 i see Dead space 2 is is is very cool new hero new earth every thing new I love it but i think they keep the story from D.S1 or make new story...^-^

GC4ever
GC4ever

interesting.... might need to pick it up

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

You know what? Thanks to excellent games like Dead Space I get most of my fiction from video games now. When I read books, and I do, I enjoy reading non-fiction more so these days.

Jedited255
Jedited255

@Nihonjinjanai: I'd buy that! Along with the Mass Effect encyclopedia. :)

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

I'd rather see a better prequel movie but whatever if its good I'll buy it.

sharktooth05
sharktooth05

Everybody that reads this must tell me theif favorite dead space gun,Which gun looks gruesome, And Whats the best gun to have if your surrounded.

RogerioFM
RogerioFM

Not saying I am going to buy it, but it is good that they are working on making the universe more and more compelling, I just hope they start woking on the characters like the wii tittle.

Nihonjinjanai
Nihonjinjanai

Soon enough they'll just make a unitology bible.

mjpatrick
mjpatrick

@brittoss Thanks for the memory. I remember the magical nature of the force when I first watched the movies back in '77, '80, and '83. To hear that midi-chlorians / immaculate conception talk in the new series was such a punch in the stomach. You make a great point with a example that I had wished to suppress from my memory.

M0wen10
M0wen10

A book doesn't interest me, it will go too indepth with the whole church of unitology thing, and I got a decent brief insight to it in Dead Space. I'm highly looking forward to Dead Space 2 though :)

Nihonjinjanai
Nihonjinjanai

The thing I hate about tie-in books is that they become cannon for like 3 seconds, and then they decide to make a movie or something that contradicts everything you read and that becomes the new cannon.

XanderKage
XanderKage

A book? Yeah, that;s wat gamers want. Anyways, I don't care, I'm still pissed they dropped the PC version of DS2...

Doolum
Doolum

looking forward to DS2 only.

brittoss
brittoss

I like Dead Space but this could be a bad idea. Sometimes the best thing is to allude to certain events rather than having them fleshed out completely. Its really one of those moments where people should ignore fans rather than giving them what they want. Keep some mystery and degree of imagination required rather than spoon feeding them a complete history of any universe. We don't want another Star Wars midi-chlorians moment do we?

Vaultboy-101
Vaultboy-101

A book would be good but i think they should make a real CGI movie.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

We already have prequels. They are that anime movie and Extraction on Wii. Enough with the prequels already and just hurry up with Dead Space 2!

Blu-Fan-Boy
Blu-Fan-Boy

put it into a game screw reading!!!!!! i want some more gaming goodness of Dead Space lol

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

Why couldn't they put this in the first game?

Wolf3037
Wolf3037

Whats a book? Is it a new kind of gaming system?

johny300
johny300

want games only .gotta go.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

I don't see the point of expanding the franchise with books, the games are good enough to get followers.

iBuSHiDo
iBuSHiDo

I wonder if with the upcoming motion-style controls for 360 and PS3, they will bring Extraction across platforms. I think they are getting a little carried away with the book though. The movie has about a 5% chance of actually being good, no matter who makes it, simply based on previous game-to-movie attempts. The only way the movie would be good is maybe if Clive Barker (Hellraiser) or Ridley Scott (Alien) made it. It's basically a cross between those movies anyway.

SERGE_Let
SERGE_Let

A great game in xbox 360, also the wii game. The game has a good ideas about sci-fic, horror and suspence I would like to see at least one more game because the game's history deserves it.

spyroiskool
spyroiskool

I wanna know how that those bosses came to be so big.

RayDogg23
RayDogg23

Watching the review again made me remember how much I really enjoyed this game, it's a must play if anybody hasn't yet

Barighm
Barighm

Loved Dead Space, wish they'd quit acting like there is an awesome backstory here. Church stuff was lame. All the good stuff was in the mystery surrounding the Artifact, and the fact it was just a COPY (but it's been while since I played so I may be wrong there), and the gameplay itself. Saw the movie, it was terrible. Let's just get to the sequel already!

snarl2
snarl2

Neat, I like the Dead Space game. Reading a Dead Space book is the next best thing, besides a movie that is! lol

Alan1187
Alan1187

I've never heard of that author or them books...

abdulkareemka
abdulkareemka

second! lol. looking forward to Dead Space 2...

mattg90520
mattg90520

first! sure hope they reveal some news on dead space 2 and hopefully a port of extraction onto 360/ps3