Dead Space is resting, but not quite in peace. The space horror franchise devised by Visceral has been taking a break after the conclusion of the trilogy, but EA Studios VP Patrick Söderlund doesn’t think we’ve seen the last of the series.
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"Do I think that we will create a Dead Space game again? Yes, I think so,” Söderlund told Polygon. “But when we do so, we have to think about what made the previous ones successful and how we go about envisioning Dead Space for a new generation.”
Söderlund thinking that it’s likely does not equate to it definitely happening, though. "Now, I'm not announcing a Dead Space game," he added. "We're not building one just to be very clear, but I'm saying is there an opportunity or possibility to do one in the future? Absolutely.”
But with Visceral working on Battlefield: Zipline, the studio probably doesn’t have much time to think about hideous, multi-limbed monsters and babies that bite your face off.
Dead Space is one of EA’s most interesting franchises and it managed to avoid being beaten to death by the EA machine, ending after the third installment. It’s impressive that a fourth is not already in production, but that’s probably because EA isn’t confident about what its sales might be. It won’t ship anything that it isn’t almost certain it can sell to millions of hungry consumers, and Dead Space 3 failed to meet the publisher's bloated expectations at launch.