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Written by Ryan Peters, @Thrashmarshall
2008 was a strange year for horror in gaming. Although solid titles like Condemned 2 and Siren: Blood Curse crept onto shelves, developers and gamers alike were beginning to whisper that survival horror was a dead genre. Luckily in the run up to Halloween EA released Dead Space, a sleeper hit that would go on to be a classic as well as breathe life into the ‘dying’ genre.
In an interview with Eurogamer last week, EA Games Label executive VP Patrick Söderlund confirmed that Dead Space 4 is not in development, and that Visceral Games — the team behind the first three games — are currently hard at work on something that’s “very exciting.” “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.” Söderlund told Eurogamer.
“Will there be another Dead Space game? Who knows? Have we killed it? No, of course not. But right now that dev team is focused on something else that you and other gamers will be very happy with.” So no new Dead Space in the near future. It’s disappointing, but certainly not all that surprising. What would you like to see from a new Dead Space? Is it time for a reboot?
A couple months back I listed a few horror games and the studios I’d like to see make them. A Silent Hill by DmC developer Ninja Theory? Yes, please. Resident Evil made by the studio behind Uncharted and The Last of Us? Don’t tell me that doesn’t get your nether regions aflutter with the possibilities.
Well, now I have even more horror games and the developers I’d like to see pick them up. Check out my picks after the break, and feel free to agree/disagree/offer your own pairings in the comments.
Despite a cooler than expected reception from fans and critics, Dead Space 3 still looks to be selling well. In February, the game topped the NPD charts, selling 605k units and beating Black Ops II for the top spot. Its inclusion of optional drop-in/drop-out co-op undoubtedly helped the game sell better, and while not everyone is a fan, we sure enjoyed it. Head past the jump for a list of the best-selling games of February.
SNOWFIGHT! Ouch, that had to hurt. Poor Carver. He’s just trying to make sure everyone makes it off Tau Volantis alive and that lizard faced woman keeps throwing snowballs at him.
So I have three download codes for the recently released Dead Space 3: Awakened epilogue DLC (REVIEW) that I’d like to give away to all of you. They’re for the Xbox 360 (no PS3 or PC codes, sorry) and it’s not standalone DLC, so you do need to own DS3 to be able to play it. If you’re still interested, might I suggest clicking that Read More link for more details? I warmed it up just for you.
Written by Brittany Vincent, @MolotovCupcake
In many ways, Dead Space 3 was inferior to its predecessors, but it still valiantly forged ahead as one of what will ultimately be the year’s best third-person action games. While it eschewed classic survival horror convention for in-your-face (albeit usually generic) action, it did have its moments, namely, any time Isaac Clarke or his partner suffered from hallucinatory visions. Dead Space 3: Awakened is the first round of DLC released to further expand upon the schizophrenic shooter, and while it’s short on content, it packs an interesting wallop as an additional epilogue and surrogate survival horror section. And if you’re anything like me, that’s a good thing.
Isaac Clarke’s latest adventure has proven divisive among Dead Space fans. The move away from dark, claustrophobic corridors, and the introduction of co-op — even optional — has angered fans of the first two games. Personally, I’m all for it. Dead Space 3 wasn’t the strongest entry in the series, but the optional co-op was a welcome addition and it still manages a few scares, even if they are few and far between. With Awakened, we’ll see what happened to Isaac and Carver after the events in the main game. The DLC will return the game to its roots with a focus on the dementia moments which are just one of the side effects of being in close proximity to the Markers — the other being a slow and agonizing death.
Awakened launches on the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 for $10 (800 MSP) on March 12th. Check out a trailer and some screenshots after the break.
Electronic Arts has a massive Dead Space sale going on right now with discounts on all three games and their DLC. On Origin you can grab Dead Space for $10 (down from $19.99), Dead Space 2 for $10 (usually $19.99), and Dead Space 3 for $41.99 (regularly $59.99). The first game is only available as a Windows PC download, but the other two are available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. All of the DLC is down to $3.49 (usually $4.99) each. If you’re still on the fence about Dead Space 3, I suggest reading what Brittany had to say about it.
Dead Space 3 came out last week and has been met with generally favorable reviews, including our own from Brittany Vincent. And now, for fans of the sonic landscapes created by composers Jason Graves and James Hannigan, you can purchase the soundtrack today! Head on over to Amazon to snag a copy and enter cold harsh environment of Tau Volantis whenever you pop on your headphones. READ MORE
Written by Brittany Vincent, @MolotovCupcake
In space, no one can hear you scream. Luckily, they can’t hear you cursing out a puzzle while your human partner fends off waves of bloodthirsty monsters, either. Dead Space 3 ensures you’ll do one or both of these things — sometimes out of fear, and sometimes out of frustration. The third installment of EA’s blockbuster franchise is strikingly different from the previous two entries, introducing a slicker, more streamlined iteration of the fantastic third-person horror the franchise has become synonymous with, but it’s not without flaws. Terror takes a backseat to frenetic shootouts, some frustrating cooperative puzzles, and a few bizarre design decisions surrounding a narrative that barely makes it all worth trudging through. And yet, somehow, it manages to remain a bone-shattering good time.
Come on EA, we know it’s coming, just announce it already. It’s been listed by game retailers, you’ve been hiring people to work on it, we know what engine it could be using, and we even know about Isaac’s growing insanity and its icy setting on a mysterious new planet called Tau Volantis. At this point Dead Space 3 is no secret, but just in case you’re still a little skeptical, a CV for a game designer at Visceral Games has just added a little more fuel to the fire. Also listed is Army of Two 3–hopefully not the final title, but even if it were it’d still be better than Army of Two: The 40th Day. It’s looking more and more likely that we’ll be seeing an official reveal at E3 in June. Now if they can get it out this year I think that’d make 2012 the best year ever for horror fans.
I have a double dose of Dead Space rumors for you, regarding the highly anticipated Dead Space 3, and the rumored FPS spin-off idea that EA’s supposedly been tinkering with lately. The first rumor is the third installment in the main series could be using the Frostbite Engine — otherwise known as the reason Battlefield 3 is such a gorgeous game.
Last year EA’s Visceral Games brand was expanded to the newly renamed Visceral Games Montreal, where a job listing recently popped up asking for a senior environmental designer to work on the Dead Space franchise. Head past the break for more info! READ MORE
Arjan Brussee, co-founder of Guerrilla Games and one of the main guys behind the Killzone series has jumped ship to join the bigger, bloodier ship that is Visceral Games. Brussee started off as a lead programmer at Epic Games where he worked on the platformer Jazz Jackrabbit. In 2003 he co-founded Guerrilla Games, the developer behind the Killzone series.
Brussee is now an executive producer at Visceral Games, the developer behind Dead Space and Dante’s Inferno. Hopefully he’ll be able to use his considerable experience to make sure EA drops that awful Dead Space flight sim idea. READ MORE
A few months ago we reported on EA’s desire to expand the Dead Space franchise by branching it off into other subgenres. This included the possibility of a FPS, flight sim, and third-person action game (similar to Uncharted) all set in the Dead Space universe. Now, a recent job listing posted on the EA site could be hinting at at least one of these ideas coming closer to fruition.
From the listing, “EA is looking for a lead multiplayer designer to help create a thrilling online action shooter game. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to a bold new franchise which is a cornerstone for a new EA Games Studio.” So Visceral Games is looking for a multiplayer designer for an online action shooter game. Could this be the Dead Space FPS, and more importantly, is this something you’d be interested in? READ MORE
Destructoid Visceral Games the masterminds behind the Dead Space series will be auctioning off some quite excellent stuff. I got a chance to see that plasma cutter in person when I went to see the original Dead Space in California. It was quite amazing, and one of the developers (his name escapes me at the moment) made it himself. In his free time. He also made Isaac’s classic helmet and it lit up as well.
If you head HERE you can bid on 37 items, and all the proceeds will go to the Red Cross to aid in the Japan earthquake relief. READ MORE