Dead Space is Dead
EA have cancelled development on Dead Space 4, essentially killing the series, after Dead Space 3 failed to achieve its anticipated sales. Speaking with VideoGamer.com, an anonymous source familiar with the unannounced project gave insight into Dead Space 3′s troubled development.
Apparently, Dead Space 4 has been in pre-production for a little while at Visceral Games, but disappointing Dead Space 3 figures led to EA execs visiting the studio last month to announce the project’s termination and a restructuring within the company. Visceral Montreal is actually rumoured to have closed as a result.
Dead Space 3 was apparently cancelled mid-way through its development and saw continuous budget cuts through its production. Weapon-specific ammo was replaced with a generic catch-all system to facilitate micro-transactions and Visceral were advised on numerous occasions to aim for a heavier action-focus and ape the style of Mass Effect to appeal to more people. It’s an interesting tale and well worth a read.
So, are you upset about what seems like the end of Dead Space? We can’t say we mind too much. A series that once boasted huge potential has become increasingly less enjoyable, culminating in the flaccid and underwhelming Dead Space 3. If EA divert their attention to interesting new IP once again, some good could yet come from this unfortunate situation.