EA denies Dead Space series cancellation

[UPDATE] An unnamed source says development on the Dead Space series has been shut down; EA says the original report is "patently false."

Update: EA has told GameSpot the VideoGamer report is "patently false." "While we have not released sales data for Dead Space 3, we are proud of the game and it continues to be an important IP to EA," added the publisher.

Original Story: EA has axed the Dead Space series, a new report suggests.

Lower-than-expected sales of Dead Space 3 caused the publisher to put the series to rest, a source told VideoGamer.com.

Dead Space 4 was allegedly in preproduction at Visceral Games and Visceral Montreal, with the latter studio now shut completely in a restructuring move.

The studio's troubled development of Dead Space 3 was also mentioned, suggesting that the game was subjected to multiple budget cuts throughout its production and was almost cancelled outright at one point.

A switch from weapon-specific ammo to generic ammo was also done to facilitate the game's contentious addition of microtransactions, the source says. Visceral was also allegedly told to rein in the horror aspects and follow an action-focused approach similar to Mass Effect.

EA Games Label president Frank Gibeau has previously said its AAA games need to sell upwards of 5 million copies if they want to survive. Dead Space 3 managed to top the UK charts at its launch, although was outsold by its predecessor which launched in a similar period.

Earlier this year EA put Medal of Honor to rest after poor sales.

Dead Space 3 will get a slice of single-player downloadable content, Awakening, in March.

EA said to GameSpot that it does not comment on rumour or speculation.

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AtariKidX
AtariKidX

Dead Space 4 for the PS4....please.Dead Space games are awesome.

atheer878
atheer878

I played Dead Space 1,2,3. The best one in my opinion 3. I dont care what dead space is "supposed to be" i care what it is; FUN especially the weapon crafting system.


Hreath
Hreath

Not a surprise news as Dead Space 3 really a disappointment  to me.

archiasif
archiasif

Damn you EA, spoils every game one after another. Cancel it, you are ruining some good memories dammit.

charlieholmes
charlieholmes

I don't know if this is true but my perception is that anytime lately that a publisher starts telling a developer what and how to change their ideas for a game, it generally comes out as a bad idea or the wrong direction to go. Ie., lets tack on multiplayer to Tomb Raider, bad idea, and lets get away from storytelling and horror in Dead Space 3, bad idea. People like books, movies, and games that have and tell good stories with plenty of substance. Not a scratch the surface story with only 10 hours of action content. At least that's me. I need more than we're getting nowadays in SP and can do w/o MP except with the tried and true franchises that already have solid MP. But, a few MP's is all I need as opposed to every game having MP.I can't imagine very many people are going to leave the BF3, COD, Gears of War etc., franchises to play many other MP's. I'm sure I'm missing some that are popular too rather I'm just generalizing here a bit. This is simply what I see right or wrong. You tell me.

andruxandd
andruxandd

The next game cancelled will be TOMB RAIDER because sell "only" 3.5m...Industry of games becomes a money-eat-machine and passion to creating a fun game for people ... disappear...

 Sometimes, the world and some people need a reboot, not the games...

Winchester01
Winchester01

Just give us Dead Space 4, proper ending on Earth and then you can shut it down

Nightrain50
Nightrain50

Should've axed it after the first one. Just look where it ended up.

quakke
quakke

Electronic Arts's major problem is that they view videogame industry only as an new industry to make money in.
Now EA used to be good and they can still find the answers to success even from their own past experience. Look at NFS3 HP (1998) and original SSX (2001) game just to name a few. + there are plenty of others that have performed very well also.

Look at Rocksteady studios and WarnerBros. They created most creative and challenging game this generation has seen. Batman Arkham series.
Secret behind Batman's success is Batman being an iconic character and game being full of  creativity and innovation.

Rocksteady took some of the good idea's from past games like Splinter Cell Chaos Theory and added their own ideas.
The whole point behind Arkham Asylum was, "to make as good game as possible". Ofcourse as "bonus", a good game will always sell better than some mediocre out of ideas made rip-off. Now unfortunately since EA nowdays rely on the latter one, they can't seem to produce a good game anymore. You want to produce the best game ever and you gotta put YOUR HEART AND SOUL INTO IT.
Just like everything else in life. You cannot make art without being passionate about it.

rogue81
rogue81

You tinkered with a formula that worked and got less than stellar results... Is anyone surprised? I'll bet you anything EA blamed Visceral for the poor numbers.

sexyweapons
sexyweapons

Well maybe if they didn't turn it into jut another box standard shooter...

Rizer
Rizer

So basically, the rumors might suggest that micromanaging the creative team during the creative process while randomly cutting their budgets was a not so helpful idea?  What a shock.

yahia_hitman
yahia_hitman

i was waiting for dragon age 3 .... not any more ....

REST IN HELL EA 

StarCarlton
StarCarlton

I wish Visceral Games would be hired to make a real Aliens game.

axelx666
axelx666

i think they DID cancel it..we all know EA is full of liars,.

and of course EA is proud of it!

you know how much $$$ they sunk into it?!

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

Listen to the fans EA, stop putting pointless tacked on multiplayer and make Dead Space scary again.  Why would you change the formula that worked for Dead Space 1

Make the damn game scary again!

spinwoo
spinwoo

I don`t think its the games  its the company that makes them, EA has lost the plot after all the drama`s with Mass Effect 3  ( Being milked for cash by poor quality DLC`s plus a crap ending ).  Battle Field 3 everytime it updates i pray it will still work . I avoid there products when pay your hard earned cash your only getting half a game from them that`s rushed  so they can cash in .Which is sad to say cause i have played there tiles since 2000 .

GONtheSKYLORD
GONtheSKYLORD

I think they did a very poor job marketing this game. I didnt even know it was out until I was browsing gamespot one day and saw a link to the review on the front page. Game wasn't even on my radar.

zanyboy786
zanyboy786

Hit the like button if you think EA is a bunch of wankers

darkPSPfan
darkPSPfan

pleaseeeeeeeeeee make a dead space for vita

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

I still want to know how THQ had to close its doors, but EA is still going?

There is no justice in the world. Even Ubisoft learned from their mistakes (like UPlay), but EA seems to go out of their way to remove quality and innovation from their titles and not to mention, alienate their clients. 

For another prime example of this, see link below.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/7053-SimCity   

chaotikal
chaotikal

EA is nothing but a joke that ruins game after game.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Sorry for necroing but FUCK YOU EA YOU PIECES OF SHIT. Stop FUCKING Visceral games. They shut down Visceral Australia a long time ago. We're likely to never see another Dante's Inferno type game again because of it, and Dante's Inferno was without a doubt a masterpiece of a game.

Now  you axed Dead Space because ONE game of the franchise performed poorly (and for good reason) Fucking despicable.

LagMan_pt
LagMan_pt

These suits dont know shit about games, they only care about profit, and thats why they fail

Boss-COG903
Boss-COG903

i think this is dumb because all of EA games are starting to lack. OK they switch up from horror to more action so what some things need to be spiced up a little i mean its like the RE series i mean after 3 hours of walking in near dark enviroment of you expect a zombie to attack every 5 mins, or dead space you alone on a ship or planet filled with if i remember right necromorphs of course your going to be horrified wo wouldnt. so DS 3 was co-op so what. sorry CO-op to me is fun.

Hreath
Hreath

@atheer878 it is fine to have your own opinion, but i m afraid the fun you mentioned will be no more if EA keep intervene how the game should be.

MotaPrefect
MotaPrefect

@Hreath  Agreed, Dead Space 2 especially really had me scared at every turn not knowing where some crazy creature would pop out from. THAT was the IP's main attraction, and naturally like EA does with everything, they stick their nose where it doesn't belong making games not only fail in sales, but fail in the eye's of its players.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@charlieholmes Looking back at my gaming purchases, I've bought more new games for my Nintendo systems in the past few months than for my 360, but I've rented more for games for the 360. Now, I'm not saying that Nintendo has better games, but the ones I play do seem to have more replay value for SP. My 360 collection has a few shooters in it, but I never really play the MP aspect. I had Halo 3 for years before I even tried out the MP. Had a good weekend with it, haven't touched it again since.

But, MP/online play is the "in" thing right now. It's so popular, that companies will leave out features in pseudo sequels to improve it. 

(OLDER GAMER RAMBLING... YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED)

I play games like SFIV against others online, but still like to play through the SP portion with every character, just to see their ending. In the jump from SFIV to SSFIV, they improved the online, but felt the need to take out the feature that let you watch the intros and endings for characters you beat the game with. Thought they would bring it back with A.E., but no luck. Not a major problem for most, but sucks for me. It meant that after I finished the game with Zangief, and I felt confident enough to play online, I needed to switch games just to play against the newer characters. No knocking Capcom on this one, but it shows where the focus was concerning the future of the series.

Relvar
Relvar

@andruxandd  

Is that a threat? Are you planning to "Reset the world?"

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@spinwoo EA does not make Dead Space. Visceral does. EA is a publisher. Anything that went wrong with DS3 is due to EA pressure on Visceral to make money . Visceral may have lost sight on their own, which is entirely possible, but you can pretty much attribute failures in any franchise that is successful to publisher or peer pressure from investors, the developers themselves, or the publisher.

None of these things are EAs products. They are things EA slaps their name on after paying for marketing.

sirbalsac
sirbalsac

@Grenadeh Dante's Inferno was the complete opposite of a masterpiece. I mean, it wasn't terrible, but "Good" is not the right word at all. It was basically a God of War clone, except with an OP ranged attack, and a stupid plot.

atheer878
atheer878

@Hreath @atheer878 thanks for the reply, but i am afraid you sound like you are the developer of the game, who are you and who am i to to say what dead space 3 should be? we can't expect that 3 will be the same as 1 or 2, just because the game didn't do well in sales doesn't necessarily mean it was worse than its predecessor, maybe people got bored with the idea or thought it is just more of the same or maybe it is really shit. Opinions of games are very subjective so lets keep an open mind and know that not everything is black or white. The developers wanted to do something different in 3 and make money along the way. Sometimes more people like what they do and sometimes not. Making Games is a JOB

Hreath
Hreath

@MotaPrefect that's right, the horror is lacking and have you notice they more focus on action? I hope EA dont ruin this series as how CAPCOM ruin Resident Evil.

Hreath
Hreath

@atheer878

i m not a game developer and merely a normal gamers, i understand the games can't be the same way as it is but they take out the best and insert the worse, perhaps you can see that too.

Have i stop you from commenting? No, therefore i m open mind as i mentioned above (is ok that you have you own opinion.)

My point is not to change your mind or what, is hope that you can be aware of how this big company trying to play the gamers and con they money.

Hreath
Hreath

@RSM-HQ add on to point 1), If Capcom prove i m wrong then i happily accept and admit but unfortunately no as the gamers complain for years, you still can see the action element dominate the game.

Hreath
Hreath

@RSM-HQ

1) saying the game is ruined is part of criticize, and if you cant accept then the 1 need to open mind is you. of course i admit is harsh, but necessary now is EA is the worst company who know when will be Capcom...

I also noticed the mix of action and horror but it is a horror genre as the major part of the game. Try not to be a judge again as the change is positive i accept just like aim and shoot at the same time in RE 6, but take out the best (horror element) and put in the worse (just action and key smashing scene) is an issues to concern.

2) I'm not try to speak your words in my mouth and i try to get your point. If that isn't the case, you mind to explain your clone philosophy, in other words, what in Dead Space original make you feel it is a clone?


3) My bad for not giving you detail, the mutants you mentioned is ok because it still can see it is a identifiable creature infect with virus, but how about transformation into gigantic monster big as building or ship and hardly identify what is it originally in RE 4, 5 and 6. (good example: Simmond as well)

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Hreath @RSM-HQ Ok this is going nowhere but I feel I should clear up some final things that you've misinterpreted.

1) Saying a game is ruined over one aspect like say a horror theme is not criticizing, that's flat out insulting. Being critical indicates errors. If Resident Evil 6 had one it would be blatant quicktime events used beyond belief. Horror isn't a reason for the product being in ruins that's you not being open to any change. 

Resident Evil has always been a mix of action & horror it's just become more, and more about one over the other over the years.

If you wanted pure horror the only two Resident Evils that came close are Nintendo exclusives. Otherwise settle for Silent Hill or Siren. 

2) When did I say "anything with a zombie is a Resident Evil clone"? Don't put words in my mouth please, & if nothing else Resi 4 doesn't use zombies at all. 

If I did say out loud another game other than original Dead Space that followed Resi 4 to an uncanny degree? It would be Dark Sector, haven't heard of it? Look it up, it's not half bad.

Finally, and I mean that as my final comment regarding this misconceived debate..

3) Mutants have always been a big part of every Resident Evil game. So your "please" is very self-opinonated. Not sure why you believe I speak of comic heroes? Go back to even the original Resident Evil. You should know zombies after the first quarter get replaced by Hunter T-types, & then Chimeras near the end. Not to mention the mutant bosses Neptune, Yawn, & Tyrant. At this point the horror factor is all but gone when they give you some pretty action styled weaponry to destroy them.

Hreath
Hreath

@RSM-HQ Further i criticizing the game developers, doesn't mean i disrespect but to hope they improve.

Hreath
Hreath

@RSM-HQi do mentioned the game is a disappointment but that it  doesn't mean i can't appreciated the effort of the game designers and part of the good job that they done in DS 3, however overall still a disappointment. I only criticizing the company for changing the game direction and its flaw. Is that contradicting?

I m try to make point clear by making it short. If you really enjoy the game, perhaps you would have notice the uniqueness yourself and not saying it is a clone. Don't you think it is arrogant and unfair to say every zombie game in the market is mimic of RE or clone?

I recall you mentioned blasting the mutant is something should be appreciated rather than horror alone? Please, i m playing a horror genre game not action X Men mutant blasting game. But at least me and you agreed in horror issues.

For example, don't you think is disrespect if i call you copycat because your assignment range is similar to my without consider your effort to make things different from my? The only developer i disrespect is those who have ruined epic games and if they done good job then they earned my respect just like Bioware willing to listen.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Hreath @RSM-HQ Now you're contradicting yourself mentioning features in Dead Space 3, I recall reading "Dead Space 3, really a disappointment to me". Keep in mind I spoke & always spoke of the original DS.

& if moving and shooting was the only worthwhile uniqueness Dead Space could bring over a Gamecube game? Then by all means, bravo.  

I'd like to set something straight though. I enjoyed Dead Space, I'm sure all three are good quality games. I speak of the original as it's the one I've played. 

Doesn't change the fact for the original they got the tracing paper out and went over one of last generations best games.

If you feel Resident Evil is ruined as a whole fair enough, that's your opinion. I'd like return of the old horror roots as well. Nonetheless was never the soul reason I enjoyed Resident Evil.

Finally I'll end with. I wouldn't phrase myself as a fanboy as you would consider me. I just enjoy my games over slamming them effortlessly. Clones are good if done well, doesn't change that it is indeed a clone! If anyone has disrespected developers here? It would be you! For both Visceral Games & Capcom in-house.

Perhaps read your words and do the maths.

Hreath
Hreath

@RSM-HQ Further you say the very much of the same game then you are killed the effort of the game designers.

Despite i skip all the end game credit but i do appreciated they effort to make 1 game different from others and yet you still claim it is a clone. I guess the team is really thanks you for that and Capcom will appreciate you to boost they ego.

Hreath
Hreath

@RSM-HQWrong to judge about i m based on others opinion rather than my own. I dont know why you can't see the ruin part is the switch from horror genre to action which cause gamers complaining.

Perhaps you can even stated that Lord of the ring is mimic of Star Wars? I would like to see the reaction of George Lucas or even worse all the zombie games in the market is mimic of RE?

developers own style is called unique which different from other games. Did i see the part we can modified the weapon in Dead Space 3 similar in RE 4?

OHHHH, i forgot to mention the most important part can you aim and move at the same time in RE 4??

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Hreath @RSM-HQ I'm wrong about what? Resident Evil being a ruined series? Are the last two action focused, sure they are. However if scares are all you saw 'or appreciated' in Resident Evil, and not the blasting mutants? You've always been better off with Silent Hill dood. & that's, that.

Dead Space will always be a Resi 4 clone, whether you choose to believe it or not. It's what Visceral Games does, unless you feel Dante's Inferno is nothing like God of War? Then again perhaps you really are in some serious denial? 

They take a successful game and mimic it in the developers own style. Regardless. Still being very much the same game.

I don't know why you think I was talking about themes and atmosphere, when I was clearly speaking from a mechanical point of view. 

Hreath
Hreath

@RSM-HQ You make urself a judge..But unfortunately you are wrong. As i mentioned RE now is more focus on Action rather than the original horror genre and you cant deny that. (you can even see a transformer element in RE 6, example Simmond)

 Dead Space is a clone to RE.... really? 1 is biohazard and another is alien artifact, please understand the games  before comment.

Further my thoughts are based on after play those games experience rather than others opinions.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Hreath Dead Space (original and considered the best) was very much a Resident Evil 4 clone, denying this would show denial.

Resi 5 & 6  are still ok games in my view, they just never toppled 4 which was a stellar game. Certainly no means the best in the series, nether the less not ruined as you claim. 

Then again, I'm guessing you just jumped on the hate bandwagon, & your thoughts are based on others opinions that are not your own?