Dead Space series not killed

Electronic Arts confirms Dead Space 4 is not in development, but says that the series will live on.

The Dead Space series is a "great brand" for Electronic Arts, but a new entry in the series not in active development, the publisher has confirmed with Eurogamer.

"I wouldn't say [the Dead Space franchise is] cancelled at all," EA Games boss Patrick Soderlund said. "Dead Space remains a brand that is close to Electronic Arts' heart. It's been a great brand for us done by a very passionate team."

Soderlund explained that Dead Space 3 developer Visceral Games is now working on an "exciting new project," which he believes is a better fit for the studio than a fourth entry in the action horror series.

"Is that team working on a Dead Space game today? No they're not," he said. "They're working on something else very exciting. You have to think of it from that perspective. Is it better to put them on the fourth version of a game they've done three previous versions of before? Or is it better to put them on something new that they want to build, that they have passion for?"

Visceral Games is one of three EA studios working on all-new Stars Wars games, joining DICE and BioWare.

In March, a report claimed the Dead Space series was canceled outright after Dead Space 3 failed to meet sales expectations. EA called this report "patently false."

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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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underlord12
underlord12

There should be a Dead Space 4! I don't see why not, i mean the story-based DLC for Dead Space 3, which was Awakened, ended without completion.

tk9780
tk9780

EA should consider release the PC Dead Space 3 Engine Source code and a Source development kit to public domain and let the modding community build a future for the Dead Space universe.

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

If a publisher believes in a franchise, they will keep making games for it, regardless of sales. Look at Microsoft's Halo series, Nintendo's Mario, Zelda, Kirby, Smash Bros., Pokemon series; Sony's Ratchet & Clank, God of War, Gran Turismo series; etc.

Kingplayer1080
Kingplayer1080

I really hope Dead Space 4 isn't just going back to the first one or go in the direction of RE6 but try to be more of a combination of the best in every game like; Awakened and Extraction when it comes to shock horror and jump scares, a tense and lonelier atmosphere like the first one (i think everyone liked the subtle scares from the first one too), unpredictable enemy locations and ambushes like the second one, and expanding on the weapon crafting system and bots from the third one.

shadyltd1989
shadyltd1989

I have played all 3 myself I have to say the actually game itself is getting worse but the story is solid lol. In the first one your introduced. The second you try to fix it. The third you try to permanently end it which if you played the DLC you know how that works out. So its not like they steer far from the story its the actual gameplay their fucking up on. They need to make 4 to answer the last question everyone has that has played the DLC and end the series there. Because lets be honest after the next if there is a next what would they have left. So I say one more before ps3 is obsolete and end the series plus Issac is getting a little old literally.

NotoriousNimmo
NotoriousNimmo

I dont get why you all are hating on dead space 3 right now. Yes DS1 was holy shit scary, that had tight corners and a small but big environment that had you regret every step, but EA and Visceral gave dead space a story. If they didn't go they way they did with DS2 or even make a second one! We wouldn't know who isaac was as a person nor hear a voice come threw his helmet finally and talk back to other characters. He would have been just some engineer going to fix a ship ( a planet cracker ) that lost communications with other Ships, and that his girlfriend so happened to be on. They could have easily killed Isaac off in DS1 and called it quits, but then there would be so many unanswered questions. Also If they went back to the roots of DS1 i feel it would be just another cramped spaced game with predicable necromorph's chasing you. They added a lot to the plot of DEAD SPACE with DS2 and 3. You all are over thinking things way to much. I think they did a perfect job with the series, and answered the big questions with all 3 games. Game 1 Why the fuck are these things after me. Game 2 how do we stop the marker? Game 3 how do we stop it all and all the markers?? every question was answered in a fantastic way. I don't get why you all cant just sit back and watch an amazing story unravel itself....

patwjburke
patwjburke

so i understand why people loved the other 2 but for me that series just kept getting better and better and i loved the co-op feature in it. one of the best games i played with my friend, it was awesome to be back to back as necromorphs came closing in and then i would look behind me and my friend would be torn in half. first scared the crap out of me which was awesome, second had a mix of action and scariness that mixed perfectly, and third was action with a mix of oh shit oh shit running running running

RogueDragunoV
RogueDragunoV

Dead space 2 was a little bether whan dead space 3.... 

Earl-of-Death
Earl-of-Death

Even if Dead Space "lives on", I have doubts that the next game could capture the essance that the first two games had.

XxTheEvilxX
XxTheEvilxX

It is if your a fan of the original. I can't say I would be too excited about a Dead Space 4 given how badly they have destroyed this game from what it was. EA - the company that destroys your favorite games because they think everybody wants Call of Lame copycats. Thanks EA! You've killed another one.

edinko
edinko

Its absolutely the same. ITS EA which means the only reson they are not milking/continuig the series is because DS3 didn't do very well.

dalek1907
dalek1907

As a Dead space fan and Dead space 1 being my favorite out of the 3,  i personally would not like to see another Dead Space game if it continues on like Dead Space 3. I would rather the Dead Space series to end now while it's still good than  let it to continue only for it to get worse and worse. 

ravager1989
ravager1989

dead space is becoming like resident evil...we have enough scares from the early few series till there is no way they can scare or provide any horror elements to people who have played through all the series....players will know that the necromorphs will come from the ceiling vents, the wall vents...they will also know where are the weaknesses of each necromorphs...EA either have to re-do the whole series or the dead space series is dead.....

JohnCro
JohnCro

If people where told this was an action horror but not an actual survival horror, how would it be seen then?

supermarioooooo
supermarioooooo

İF YOU MAKE 3RD GAME A STUPİD HOLYWOOD GAME. ( NO SCARY NO GAMEPLAY NO PREVİOUS GAMES FOOTSTEPS) U WİLL KİLL A SERİE.  


WHY THESE COMPANİES DONT GET THİS. WE ARE NOT STUPİD WE ARE HARDCORE  PLAYERS . AND YOU CAN NOT TRİCK US WİTH A STUPİD MOVİES. ( NOT GAMES) normally ea would release a good dead space game every 3 or 4 years. but now they killed it for money. as usual...

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

I did enjoy DS3

The microtransactions never bothered me, they're there if you need them but I cant see any use unless you want to cheat your way thru the game

I suggest the devs takes a break, and maybe have hollywood (with a competent director) pick it up and do a movie based on DS1.

Then maybe Xmas 2014, release a DS4 tie in on the PS4 and X1

just my 2 (microtransaction) cents.


ewjiml
ewjiml

Dead Space needs a break.  It does not need annual releases.  Hopefully enough years pass that a decent developer will pick it up and we can forget about Dead Space 3 and the ending that cost $14.99. 

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

For me the DeadSpace franchise died right after DeadSpace 1, when EA took it over and made a casual, simplified, accessible "Gears of War" out of it and also started sneaking their DRM nonsense in (and multiplayer).

They then even buried that dead body when they tried to milk gamers with that microtransactions stunt they tried to pull in DeadSpace 3.

There's no coming back for that franchise unless the publisher is no longer EA, then I see a glimmer of hope, far off on the horizon.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

"We might have ruined the series, but we haven't milked it all yet!"

proceeder
proceeder

Not killed?!!

Not to worry; I'll kill it myself!

Now, where did I put my hyper-dril- bore -ammer head-jigsaw-screw driver-flashlight-mutilation gadget?

Slagar
Slagar

I don't like over-milking of game franchises. Once every few years is OK, but back-to-back-to-back gets tiring very quickly. I think Zelda/Nintendo gets the balance about right.

Charlie_1979
Charlie_1979

For me a Dead Space 4 would be weird. SPOILER. When finishing the DLC Awakened, the story is a very bad, sad conclusion. The only way to do more Dead Space is by a prequel.

At the end of all DS3... GAME OVER... GAME OVER MAN!!!!!

FlameBoyBen
FlameBoyBen

It was killed in a different way, the homogenization of games to be more like gears of war.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Just go and ahead and let DS IP die, with next gen of consoles and new ip's - might as well let it go. I mean the EA gloss coat given to games kinda leaves a bad taste and while DS started out very strong it ended up DLC mess. 

BladeStrike1234
BladeStrike1234

Don't make it a generic action shooter and focus on horror instead? Sounds like a plan.

arkham_89
arkham_89

I'm going to go against the grain here and say I liked Dead Space 3.  Let's be honest and just say that it's not really survival horror anymore, it's more "action horror" and has more in common with games like Gears of War and Mass Effect, that's okay in my opinion.  I like the Dead Space universe and setting, Visceral did a great job of giving gamers options as to how they could play Dead Space 3.  For those who say it lacked in it's survival horror roots I suggest you try the classic setting without using the devil's horns, it's very hard.

07wintert
07wintert

id like a film and deadspace 4 without Isaac this time getting old 

aovannor
aovannor

Proper Dead Space film please.

razor_rj
razor_rj

They are better off rebooting the franchise like they are doing mirror edge. they jumped the shark on the third game.

josh7845
josh7845

Fuck cliffhangers in games when the devs aren't even sure if the next game is even going to get made.

omenjamlord
omenjamlord

Im finding it difficult to play 3, and by difficult I refer to the lack of scare left and the boring QTE's. make it like 1 and all will be forgiven, that does not include DLC's or mircotransactions. 

hadlee73
hadlee73

So the Dead Space series is still alive, just like the Half-Life series is for Valve! :P

ahpuck
ahpuck

I hope they let it rest for at least 5 years. No need for DS to be a yearly franchise, it's not CoD.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Dead Space will return when EA needs money.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Gotta feel sorry for Activision devs, ten games (maybe more) and they're still making CoD.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Eh, whatever. There are so many games out there now or coming out in the future, I've no need to be constantly bombarded by a single game. You know what I'm talking about.

raiden_knight
raiden_knight

@tendoboy1984  That's the problem, EA doesn't believe in the franchise. Immediately after Dead Space 3 was released, EA shut down Visceral Montreal due to low sales, mainly because it wasn't as much of horror game as the first 2 games were and because fans hated EA's micro-transactions model that was in the game (making it a pay-to-win). If EA was that quick to shut them down (1 month after release) then they don't believe in the franchise.

Kingplayer1080
Kingplayer1080

@shadyltd1989 I think were all guessing Dead Space 4 will probably be the end of the series, or at least it going forward (Dead Space: Origins?), I just don't know how it's going to start where Awakened wildly left off.

Earl-of-Death
Earl-of-Death

Dead Space 3 was okay, but the balance between action and horror leaned more toward the action side than in Dead Space 2.

roman4545
roman4545

@ravager1989  

or they officially running out of ideas on story,  enemies, weapons etc... to keep us scare and the edge of our seat.. and in the series is not dead but missing their key of success.

Slagar
Slagar

@arkham_89 The dumbing down of games has been happening for years: In order to make games more accessible, they all end up looking and playing like CoD.
The first game in a franchise kinda-sorta manages to evade this effect somewhat, as it's more of a gamble and more free. Once the big publishers get ahold of it, it's game over for gamers.

tk9780
tk9780

@roman4545 @ravager1989 DS3 need two seperate versions, the classic 18+ horror in tune with original DS1, and then the mass market PG version.