EA Executive Vice President Patrick Soderlund spoke about the Dead Space franchise and the possibilities of a new game in the future. Soderlund, who spoke on behalf of Visceral, the developers of Dead Space, said while the game was not actively being worked on, the IP will stay with EA and there should be another game sometime in the future.
Visceral Games, who are also working on Star Wars and Battlefield, might not have the time to develop a fourth episode of Dead Space. Dead Space 3 received a mixed reception in reviews and sales, leading to people believing the franchise would be dropped by EA in favor of new Star Wars games and a more profitable IP.
In an interview with Polygon, Soderlund said:
“Do I think that we will create a Dead Space game again? Yes, I think so. 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.”
This does appear to be EA saying it does not want to make the mistakes Dead Space 3 delivered and wants to go back to the roots of why the first and second game were so good for consumers and fans of the series.
It is interesting that Dead Space is likely to be dropped from EA’s library, at least for a while. The game has one of the most attractive fan bases for EA, and all the developers at Visceral really need to do is open up the story to more creative writers and stop adding micro-transaction payment options in the single-player.
We would be interested in a heavy horror Dead Space game, as the first and second were more deep, while the third loosened up a bit. The horror scene, especially on PC, is huge right now, and EA could definitely build a more powerful fan base if it made something genuinely scary with Dead Space.