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.

Nosoor
Nosoor

well for me i think this is the wright thing to do i mean yes the dead space 3 was nice but it wasnt  at the level oh our expectations they allmost ruined the game if not the big number and terrorizing necromorphs and the great new weapon platform  i like the game but i didnt get stunned like i had when i played dead space 1-2 for me i proudly say rest in peace isaac though am not pleased with the end of dead space 3 i mean what was that isaac calling his girl friend after the credit cmon EA and visceral games money not every thing  look at hedio kojima (i dnt care about money as i care about my game ) he said thats the biggest idol all directors should look at 

MuddVader
MuddVader

I don't know which is worse.
A series that was good (I only played 1 and 2 ) dying, or the fact that they are probably going to make another

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

The big wigs at EA are idiots. They may understand business, but they don't understand videogames. Forcing in pre-requisites like 'must have multiplayer', and 'must have more action' only strangles the creative process that can make a game special.

Then, of course, when sales are less than expected, the blame falls on the developers, not on the higher ups that were pushing them in the wrong direction.

miker00lz
miker00lz

Dammit, EA. You ruined the franchise. (this isn't the first you destroyed)

Dead Space 1 is the best game of the entire 2000's decade, imo. Not to mention the best survival-horror game of all time, by a landslide. (Sorry, RE fans) The reason so many people fell in love with it was the painstaking attention to the "horror" part of the experience in every single part of the game.

Dead Space 2 was fun, but nothing like the first game. DS3 is nothing but a derivatave, generic third-person shooter... except with necromorphs... but it forgets why DS1 made the necromorphs so downright terrifying, instead relying on large numbers of them attacking at once. This is just one of the reasons the psychological aspect that made DS1 so great is now completely gone.

It seems like they tried to make it have more mainstream appeal for the COD/GOW fans, but as a regular shooter it's about average and since you've alienated most of the hardcore fans of the first 2 games that leaves basically nobody that really likes it enough to buy.


After about 2 or 3 hours of playing, I uninstalled it. That hard drive space can be put to better use. I was so disappointed at what my favorite survival-horror franchise has been turned into. Survival-horror? More like survival-horrible.

Freboy
Freboy

Open message to EA: 

It's not the games that are bad, it's your business model. Game design is a creative process. It requires risk taking and constant re-invention. If you just take a game that sold well once, and make a sequel by improving the graphics and removing all elements that make it stand out, you are doing it WRONG.

This point is easily illustrated by imagining the Dead Space franchise in reverse. If Dead Space 3 had been the first game, the natural assessment should have been 'this is a descent game... I think we're on to something with this horror angle... let's expand upon that theme, and make the player feel more alone and naked.'

DS2 would have been an improvement over DS3, and would probably have sold more copies. You would then draw the conclusion that the third game should rely even MORE on the horror elements. This would have lead to DS1, where the player is alone on a derelict spaceship, with less powerful weapons to navigate narrower corridors.

The inevitable success of DS1 should have been followed by a game that takes the horror themes to a higher level. Rather than fight monsters physically, you could have added a psychological aspect that make the gamer question what is real and what isn't.

But because you think that gamers would rather play Gears of Wars over and over and over again, you have now killed yet another gold egg laying goose.

Give Ken Levine a call. He could tell you how to make games. We don't require much, we gamers. We just want you to CARE about the games you make. If you don't, why should we?

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

i hope it is so, let the beast die in peace with its pride.

vivalatour
vivalatour

EA depended too much on what worked and did not realize they almost cloned their other games with the DS3 ? it's not a bad game it's just not my kind of game ... I am the new and some old generation GTA sort of guy !

AzatiS
AzatiS

Dead space 1 = Awesome . One of my favorite games this gen

Dead space 2 = Very Good though was missing a badass boss or something.

Dead space 3 = mediocre at best ...Supposed to be one of my favorite franchises this gen ..i uninstall it after 2 hours in game. 


I dont know but DS3 didnt feel like the other two games. Was too predictable , one of the same and less scary. My opinion

princetom
princetom

I knew it. I just fucking knew this was going to happen. EA FUCKS UP THEY OWN GAMES. GO TO HELL EA. LET I.D. SOFTWARE BUY YOU FOR 2$ AND LEARN TO MAKE REAL GAMES, NOT BULLSHIT WHICH FORCES CANCELLATION OF GREAT GAMES 

jdog68
jdog68

Okay great so can you please trash the Madden series that so greatly sucks ass and while youre at it EA why don't you just do us all a favor and take yourselves outta of the game!!!!!

crazeon
crazeon

I've played all the Dead Space games, and while Dead Space 3 was certainly different in that it had more of an emphasis on action rather than suspense/horror, I still thought it was the best game in the series (I'm also a sucker for co-op). And while playing the game, at no time whatsoever did micro-transactions ruin my experience. I was able to fully enjoy and play the entire game, multiple times, without even noticing that I could, or had to, purchase micro-transactions to add to the experience. So even though I was aware of the game having micro-transactions before I played the game, while playing I was oblivious to the presence of micro-transactions, wherever they were. I guess one would have to actively seek them out if they were interested, otherwise it seemed like it wasn't something present in the game.

UnclePuddle
UnclePuddle

Electronic Art = Electronic Fart. Whenever they get their dirty hands on an IP, it is just a matter of time before they ruin everything.

gr8arm
gr8arm

Dead Space 3 was a great game.  I do not use that term lightly.  EA needs to remove all of the microtransaction garbage and maybe promote it a little better. 

kratospete
kratospete

remove microtransactios..respect the game`s genre and predesesors...make a big fat ass effort to do somehting nice...and most important SINGLE PLAYER EXPERINCES DO NOT NEED MULTIPLAYER (ME3, DS3)

Sweendrix
Sweendrix

Dead Space 3 was definitely an improvement upon Dead Space 2, however, nothing comes close to the original.  Why did you have to change it so much?

Succumbus
Succumbus

Please take this stupid article down.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I hope everyone realizes the title is a lie.  Not just a mistake, a total fabrication.  

Make sure to read the [Update], it changes the entire article.  The writer should have erased it instead and apologized.

Diarma10
Diarma10

  The first Deadspace did well and was a "risk". EA then decided to continually dumb down the horror aspect of the games with the excuse that they need to make more money with each passing sequel. Eh??? The game engine is there, the same dev team is there,why the extra cost and the extra need to dumb down to get more sales?

 Most comments on the Deadspace series seem to think that DS2 was more horror than action and everyone here seems to think it was ok - it wasn't, it was a step in the wrong direction and DS3 is a running leap. I'll pick this up on pirate before I even consider paying cash.

 The original DS was derivative but it did what it set out to do very well and it surprised most people by being the success it was. I really don't understand this situation.

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

No problem. They can aqcuire any time they want one smaller company, inherit their IPs, make sequels and so on, you know the drill.

josnas
josnas

Good riddance, now for the Crysis franchise to die also. I'm really dissapointed in the direction these series have went. The first Crysis was awesome, the addon made it better, Crysis 2 was totally different, no open world. And 3 I had no desire to play because of how the Mass Effect/Command and Conquer/ Dead Space series' went.

I thought sequals were to take a great idea, build upon it and make the game better (Saint's Row series have done this with their games), not cookie cutter it, and dumb it down for the masses to make numbers. I should of learned my lesson after what they did with the Command and Conquer series.

Just my opinion, I know I am not investing in any game anymore without research, not just a name attached to it, or a developer sponsored review on the main stream websites. Hopefully Kickstarter saves the gaming industry, if not I see another video game crash like back in the 80's lol.

killersrike
killersrike

I got shock for the moment there I tough the series was going for-closer. =)

sortajan
sortajan

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