Dead Space Isn't Dead, EA Confirms -- How Should The Series Return?

Visceral Games manager says Dead Space is an "important" IP for EA, says he would like to see the series return on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The Dead Space series is not dead, and is in fact an "important" IP for publisher Electronic Arts, Visceral Games general manager Steve Papoutsis says. Speaking with Kotaku UK, Papoutsis said there is a lot of love for the series at EA.

"Is Dead Space dead? Not for me it's not," he said. "I love it, the team at Visceral loves it."

After working on the Dead Space franchise for seven years, Papoutsis said moving on to a new project--Battlefield Hardline--was a "good break for us to try something different."

All the same, Papoutsis made it clear that the Dead Space series is an essential brand to EA, and even teased that he'd like to see it return for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 some day.

"There's a lot of passion about that franchise, not just from me but from others in the company," he said. "So I think it's an IP that's important for the company. You never know where it's going to go... I'd definitely be excited about what it would be like on this [generation of consoles]."

In June, EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Söderlund said the Dead Space series could return, but only if EA is able to come up with an idea that retains the core spirit of the franchise and the development team is enthusiastic about it.

The most recent Dead Space game was 2013's Dead Space 3, which failed to meet commercial expectations for EA. It was later reported that the Dead Space series was canceled outright, though EA swiftly refuted this claim, going on to say that the franchise is a "great brand."

What would you like to see from a potential Dead Space 4? Let us know in the comments below!

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bdksimba
bdksimba

best games I've ever played. 1,2 and 3. no complaints, loved all 3.. and have to admit, I was a Hardcore gamer since I been in My early teens. knocking on 40 now, and have to say after 3 and the announcement that there would be no more DS, I drifted from gaming. and really have no intention on buying any of the newer systems....but, this brings joy and an  Great out look on the future. a DS4!? been waiting far too long... Love Isaac Clark.. but if not him, then a son, grand son. something to continue Isaac's legacy... and not just a 4.....5,6 etc.. Bring back Dead Space!!...

max_plays
max_plays

What you should do id make it for Xbox 360 too people still use that console ya know. And I think that if they do make another game it should all species of necromorphs (maybe new ones), and because I am a Dead Space veteran I believe that there should still be classic, and hardcore mode. And if this is the game they make to end the series, then make it go out with a bang

seandlax9
seandlax9

I actually enjoyed all 3, and I see the evolution of combat as an actual evolution for Isaac.  Starting from a scared s***less engineer with clunky combat mechanics, to a more fluid combat system by the 3rd when he's become battle hardened throughout his ordeals.


I would like it to get back to its confined spaces that it got away from in DS 3.  Most of all, I want an actual ENDING for Isaac and company.  You can keep going with the property (I guess), but actually end their story.  I'm ready to put the final curb stomp on the necros.  There isn't really much you can do to make them as scary as they were in the 1st game.  Sorry people, but that's not gonna happen, you know what to expect now, the shock value is gone.

diz676767
diz676767

simplify the the wepones system back to 1 and 2

edwise18
edwise18

First was awesome. second was alright. Never had any desire to play the third one. Go back to the style of the first game and it should be good.

furryeskimo
furryeskimo

(Please don't skip)
 Frankly I believe death should be lurking around every corner, and options should be embargoed.  It's a do or die situation and you want to live!  It's not easy, it's not fun, it's not pretty.  You are walking on graves here and the first game (and the add-on to the third) stressed this, they characterized the people who died, we had to listen to their dying words, their prayers, their final goodbyes.  And we knew our time was coming.  It was a long road ahead and things were just getting worse.  Around each corner could be a new enemy you don't know how to kill and that's where the series flopped most.  You need to have one foot in the grave at all times, and not know what's about to come.  I enjoyed the add-on to the third because it felt fresher, and my op guns were useless against guys I couldn't HIT!  As of now, what with EARTH EATEN, I'd say the goal needs to be saving what's left of humanity on other planets.  We need to set up a defense FAST to prevent total extinction, and it all has to be stressful and done NOW.  No micromanaging, just GO!  This will cause people to be upset and areas to fall to early corruption as perhaps probe Markers are thrown forwards, to weaken the planet.  ok, so they're here and it's getting worse.  Make it possible to LOOSE!  Make it the player's job to move FAST and clear out these areas ASAP and secure the planets they can, because if they go too slow the planet is just eaten and the new mission is FKING RUN!!  You've lost here, you've failed, YOU ALREADY LOST HERE.  The end goal is to kill them, but this planet can no longer help so the game's going to get harder!  Grab what you can, learn, and work on the planet(s) you have left.  Loose everything and the game's over, X-Com style, but more death and players crying.  Think Majora's mask.  (Opinions?)

Scarshi
Scarshi

Make it dead. Make it in space. Make it single heavy-breathing player only. Thank you.

vectororc
vectororc

All you quite complaining the DS series was amazing especially 3 it did have a great atmosphere it wasn't scary compared to my standards but it had a lot of amazing features for what it was so all of you play it again and learn to appreciate how truely great it was like it's story which i thought was great and awakened actually put it in a very unique position we don't usually see in the gaming community. The DS lore is lovecraftian in nature and in the cthulhu mythos there are never happy endings .

ocelot11snake
ocelot11snake

What I want to see is a return to the horror of the first 2 and not the action heavy 3rd one

jark888
jark888

Back stories are really importance for games like Dead Space, Tomb Raider, or Shadow of Colossus. But I'm sure either developers or producers have always missed on this fact, or possibly cut corner on production time and cost. As the games process, it is always good to reveal back stories in video depictions.

lifer211
lifer211

I'm down with anything they want to do with it, as long as it retains the same spirit as the rest of the franchise, and don't start imitating  games like Call Of Duty simply because they make alot of money.  What makes the Dead Space franchise awesome is that they don't do that. They stand on their own.  As far as what I would like to see from a 4th Installment, I would love to see it pick up right where Awakened left off.  I definitely want to see the characters we know and love...Isaac, Ellie, and even Carver.  I would like them to go deeper into the origins of the markers, and the necromorphs.  I definitely want them to keep the weapon crafting element from Dead Space 3.  I don't know why so many people dog on Dead Space 3, I loved it.  I thought personally it was the best game in the series so far.  So if they used that as a jumping off point, and just evolved from it (which is pretty much what they have done with all of the games) I would be happy.

jsedillo82
jsedillo82

I don't see how Earth can be (immediately) saved after what we witnessed in Awakened so we'll have to assume there's nothing Isaac can do about that and Earth will have to fend for itself for awhile. In the mean time, Issac should somehow happen upon some information that will hopefully lead the story in the direction of the origin of the necros and what will hopefully be a powerful solution that can, at the very least, rescue Earth. DS3 was sending us in this direction and then the plot twist occurred. Other than that, I hope for a return to the scarier side of the game, lots of puzzles, and a good mix of gaming experiences much like DS1. Co-op was fun for me so i'd like to see it return.

keven160240
keven160240

1.bring back the nodes and the points instead of the stupid idea of having to find resources

2.make the bench and the store badass again

3.dont add a shitload of new necromorphs

4.get rid of co-op multiplayer cause it sucks

5.have it based on a ship again thats part of what made it scary

6.dont make it a shooter or give it high tech shit like the last chapters of dead space 3

7.actually make the game hard to play because dead space 3 was too easy i literally only died 3 times troughout the whole game

8.actually come up with a good story if you can wich i doubt its possible

9.and finally and most impotantly MAKE IT SCARY AGAIN!!!! cause dead space 3 shouldnt even be considered a dead space game cause it sucked ass so much 

oldtobie
oldtobie

"How Should The Series Return?"

1)  Make it scary again.

2)  Do not make it a shooter.

3)  Do not make it an action game at heart.

4)  Make resources more scarce.

5)  Make the enemy encounters something more than "Jump scare, immersion-breaking fight, gory death, repeat."

6)  Remove most of the sane human encounters.  There was far too much humanity, sanity, and civilization in DS3.

7)  Bring back the mystery, and take away the boon of the quest.  The player shouldn't know what to expect.

8)  Make it scary again.

9)  Make it scary again.

The game wasn't scary and I wanted it to be.  Get it?

santinegrete
santinegrete

I wish they trying to remake Dead Space 1 in WiiU and giving us very cool and ingenious gameplay mechanics with that controller, Isaac talking and weapon crafting.

AzatiS
AzatiS

Dead Space = One of my best games last gen


Dead Space 2 = Solid but not better than first


Dead Space 3 = Not even close to 2 let alone to 1 .... an upseting overall experience.


Dead Space 4 = less action , more atmosphere and psychological war. Keep action elements for bosses or something alone .. please DONT make it like 3

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Why should EA come with the concept for the next Dead Space, and then see if Visceral approves?  That's backwards.  Give Visceral full creative control and it will be a much better game.  EA corporate meddling would ruin it.

alexbartle
alexbartle

Go back to the roots of dead space 1. I want to be scared shitless!

dreamreaver721
dreamreaver721

Leave multiplayer out of it and stick to a solid third person adventure that was as scary as DS1. DS2 and 3 didn't live up to commercial expectations because they weren't nearly as good, and repeated or changed game elements unnecessarily. Plus, the story got stupid and lacked coherence as time went on. If you're going to reboot it, start with a new set of characters, and a better plot, and make the single-player amazing by keeping stupid, unnecessary multiplayer modes out of it.

imajinn
imajinn

The tension, atmosphere, feeling of dread, wiping your hands because they are clammy...... Do what ya did in DS1. That is all.

DETfaninATL
DETfaninATL

I've enjoyed all 3 major releases immensely and even Extraction was a decent novelty for the Move system. Ignition was utterly terrible and not even worthy of the Dead Space name. But I'm just glad to hear the series isn't dead and I'd really love to see what they could do with it on next gen systems.


Having said that, if they could find a way to go back to single-player only, get the tension and scares from the first game, the production quality and writing of the second one and keep the weapon-crafting system of the third, I think they'd have a perfect Dead Space game.


Unfortunately, I think the introduction of the other characters in 2 & 3 and the earth-bound cliff-hanger of the DLC for DS3 completely eliminates any ability to bring it back to the level of solo play like in the first one....

vadagar1
vadagar1

ur in the hospital, you have 2 plasma shots left.... a monster can come from anywhere... you see a data pad covered in blood...u wipe it off its still warm... or maybe your going insane ....u see a video log of the last moments the doctors and staff had as they tried to protect the patients from Nercos...u feel sick watching it, ur angry sad and scared at the same time.....


u push on then a nerco falls from the vent... it looks insane and its moving like it can bend time and space itself ... u get so scared ur mind goes blank and u aim like a robot at its limbs.... pew... hand flies off..... pew... its leg falls off and it drops dead....


but then ur anger emerges and before you continue on you walk towards the abomination.. and step on its mangled body over and over and over... blood is flying left and right... but u stopped caring about that a long time ago....


that's what i want

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

That's good to know. The series may not be as scary/horror-heavy as it was with the first game, but I really enjoyed Dead Space 3. It had an absolutely awesome weapons crafting system. Shame it was so underrated. 


Also, the story was ended on a cliff hanger in some DLC, which is kinda crappy

es496
es496

If they ever return to Dead Space then either make it a single-player horror game as the first was or just leave it. Look at Dead Space 1 and what made it successful and still a great game to play even today. Dead Space and action just don't mix well.

simonbarfod
simonbarfod

of course it's not done, we still have to save our selves from that DLC cliff-hanger ending that came after the main games cliff-hanger ending...YES EA, people fear what the unknown, but not knowing the ending is NOT scary... 

natanmir
natanmir

i really miss dead space :( i liked and played every part so far. i wonder what happens after awakened. i want this series to continue!

gantarat
gantarat

Nobody complain Capcom When They turn Dino Crisis 2 to Action game

VoidSECT
VoidSECT

One of my faves, bring it on!

mtoomb
mtoomb

Love the series, even 3. Can't wait for another. IF they go with Isaac again in a big budget sequel, do it like Alien Ressurection where it's 300 years in the future and they're trying to clone him in order to deal with a reemerging threat of a marker that someone missed or made or something. This time, the marker has bonded with Isaac giving him powers like Bioshock. HOWEVER, if they go less is more, go the way of Alien Isolation: have it be a flashback to the original separatist war and how they dealt with the marker. Or even better - You play as a member of the Reconstruction movement, to help rebuild after the religious nutjobs bombed half of humanity and released the nasties on the all the colonies. Instead of actual bad guy creepers you just get some really really cool atmospheric suspense and scares from the different places you're sent to clean up, like The Last of Us in space... 20 years later or whatever. All KINDS of ideas! Just make it good, and make it worth my $$

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

Dead Space 4

Things to remove:

Generic ammo

Microtransaction

Things to add:

Local Coop

Lexine storyline

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

The best way for dead space 3 to come back.. would be under a different publisher.

flashn00b
flashn00b

Multiplayer component developed by Tripwire Interactive. (and then Dead Space 4 gets the nickname "Dosh Space")


On a more serious note, i imagine that Killing Floor's class-based co-op survival format could work in a serious horror environment.

Tranula
Tranula

love these games, #3 was meh tho.

edant79
edant79

Make it a F2P MMO....that should kill it.

so_hai
so_hai

Like all top-shelf software, it ought to return as purely mobile game. With clumsy, swipey controls and plenty of microtransactions. Also, it should be a requirement that you link all your FB, Twtr and G+ accounts at all times.

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

"We're not making a new Dead Space game but we just wanted to tell everyone that we still think about Dead Space sometimes..." -EA

vadagar1
vadagar1

@tom_cat_01 the "weapons" in DS3 were abominations 

miss the whole engineer theme where the only weapons u had were engineering tools 

radiioaktivman
radiioaktivman

Want better weapons? Just buy the in the store. You can even pay to advance to the next level , or even jump to the end of the game! That is right , instead of spending hours slaving away at the game, give us $25 and you'll get the 'game finished' achievement!!

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@Simulator_Shock More like - "We're considering telling Visceral how to make the next Dead Space game once we figure out the best way to monetize it.  Right now we're leaning towards a F2P model on mobile platforms".

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@grenadehh @SingletreeAve Ok, but he makes it sound like the EA collective comes up with the idea and hands it off to the development team.  Why not let Visceral drive it internally.  Could be what he meant I guess.