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Report: EA looking to branch Dead Space out into other genres

Rumors are that Electronic Arts is looking to expand Dead Space beyond the claustrophobic survival-horror of its first three outings, reports Kotaku. An “insider” within EA says new management within the company, having considered axing the cult series, will now be going ahead with Dead Space 3 – but that once that game's done, plans are afoot to develop the property beyond its signature third-person claustrophobia.

Above: Isaac might not be around too much longer, but the handsome devils on the right are keepers

Series protagonist Isaac Clarke will stay on for one more adventure, says the source, with Dead Space 3 to be set in a snowy ice-world to provide contrast with the games' signature darkened corridors. However, just as Clarke was absent from spinoffs Dead Space: Extraction and Ignition, so further titles will feature other characters within the Dead Space universe.

These new adventures will most likely branch out into genres such as FPS, spaceflight, and Uncharted-esque action-adventure, with EA's new management reportedly keeping a tighter eye on the bottom line and focusing on genres which sell well and achieve high brand recognition. It's easy to see the success of Drake's Deception as a contemporary example of what a tentpole franchise ought to look like – and while that series' rollicking adventure might not be exactly what Dead Space fans look for in a game, requesting an “Uncharted-like” title from the Dead Space team may be a prescription for exactly the sort of inventiveness the series is known for. Then again, Dead Space 2 was pretty Uncharted-like already, so we're not too sure what else they can do besides giving Isaac a half-tucked shirt.

Where would you like to see the series go next? Strategy? RPG (again)? Worst-case scenario, Isaac Clarke crops up in a go-kart – which, come on, would actually be pretty adorable.

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17 comments

  • johnnydutchie - December 2, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    they should def. include a co-op survival mode. just look at how popular COD zombies was.makE zero g rounds and doors that must be hacked like on dead space extraction, not DS2. itd be awesome to protect your friend while doing a challenging hack. endless waves of necromorphs would take the game to a whole other level i would like to see it go. they did an update for the i=phone versdion of the game wich included survival mode but nothing on the console versions.... also in news issac clarke was a playable character in skate 3
  • SideOfBeef - December 1, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    Sounds fine to me. If they have an idea for a new game, I'd rather they put it in a setting I have some level of attachment to, than jsut come up with some generic filler and because "hurr franchises are baaaaaadd durr *hipstergamer** For the game itself, I could go for something Bioshock-esque, or like an Aliens game with a real budget and development cycle, use the first person perspective to crank up the horror elements.
  • wiitard07 - December 1, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    THEY CONSIDERED AXING DEAD SPACE. ARE THEY EVEN CRAZIER THAN WE THOUGHT?
  • HamsterGutz - November 30, 2011 7:34 p.m.

    Dead Space Zero G racing next?
  • CreeplyTuna - November 30, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    Oh my god... just... no.
  • vortigauntSKUL - November 30, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    Don't touch Dead Space!! Its a series I actually like! Please don't kill it! (even though I know you will, EA)
  • onetimebuster - November 30, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    I would rather see a dead space fighting game then another fps.
  • J-spit - November 30, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    So EA is turning back into it's old self again? After DS3, they won't be getting another dime from me I bet.
  • lilspooky - November 30, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    ...and the milking begins!
  • Asmodean - November 30, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    How about, just here me out, how about they just make games and stop trying to make cookie cutter clones of other games. I know I'm a dreamer but don't you think it would be nice if publishers would release games with out demanding they fit into x genre or cater to y audience.
  • JayQ - November 30, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    Even though I'm pretty tired of FPS, I think Dead Space might work pretty well as one, especially if they add horror back into it. At the very least it might hold us over until Doom 4.
  • AdamJensen - November 30, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    I never asked for this
  • elsnichkum - November 30, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    I love you.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - November 30, 2011 7:49 p.m.

    Fucking amazing.
  • soulreapermarco - December 1, 2011 2:32 a.m.

    What a shame.
  • SlinkyDink - December 1, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    Fucking awesome.
  • RedHarlow - November 30, 2011 3:09 p.m.

    How about the horror genre? They totally threw all the horror elements out for DS2. New characters/stories in the same universe would be pretty cool, though.

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