[Report] EA set to Cancel Dead Space 4, Future of Series in Doubt

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[Report] EA set to Cancel Dead Space 4, Future of Series in Doubt

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    Despite being in the early stages of development, Dead Space 4 has been cancelled following the disappointing sales of Dead Space 3.

    That’s according to a report published this morning, citing an anonymous source close to the unannounced project. Should it be true the revelation casts doubt over the future of the once-promising action horror series.

    The source claims that Dead Space 4 was in production at developer Visceral Games, with a small team working on prototypes and potential narratives for the game.

    However, following the failure of Dead Space 3 to live up to EA’s expectations, the publisher visited the studio last month to inform the team that work should stop.

    In addition to this the source also provided some insight into the development of Dead Space 3 and none of it reflects well on EA.

    Apparently the game endured several budget cuts and at one point was almost cancelled. What’s more the publisher is said to have ordered Visceral to change the ammo system in the game to allow for a microtransaction implementation.

    Dead Space 3’s microtransactions would go on to cause quite a stir, generating ill-will for the title before it was even released.

    The source claims that Dead Space 3 was to feature a weapon-specific ammo system, but it made a potential microtransaction system cumbersome, so generic ammo was introduced instead.

    During development and post-release much of the discussion around Dead Space 3 centered on the game’s continuing shift towards all-out action and away from the series’ creepy horror.

    According to the source this was a publisher-led decision, as EA wanted the game to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. The studio was reportedly told to make Dead Space 3 feel more like Mass Effect.

    Unfortunately for both EA and Visceral, Dead Space 3’s shift wasn’t enough to secure the future of the series. Launched last month first week sales were down 26.6 per cent on those of Dead Space 2.

    It has slid pretty quickly down the UK charts too, suggesting that sales are dropping pretty sharply.

    EA has yet to comment.


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    1. tucky
      Micro transactions killed it, and the whole not being able to to co op split screen was a joke, even though I understand it would dampen the experience and made it harder for the developers to account for the separate sounds of Isaac and Carver, it could've easy been dealt with, they just couldn't be bothered.
      Obviously business are concerned about money however when putting the opportunity of profit before the fan base, your gonna have a bad time.
    2. Lozwans
      These are 'fake' rumors about dead space, EA has since announced theserumorsto be Untrue. theirprobablywill be a dead space 4....
    3. BJ
      It Sucks. I Liked Dead Space III Even Though I Hate Scary Game They Scare The Bejesis Outta Me But I Sitll Played This Trilogy. There Should Be A Fourth Part.
    4. #N/A
      i am so sad, liked the whole trilogy and the third part was enjoyable for me. they musnt cancel, we need the 4th part ,,,
    5. #N/A
      it is dumb to just like jamana i liked the trilogy and the thrid part, but they DO need a 4th part!
    6. Abrakadeadguy
      <blockquote class="ipsBlockquote" data-author="Lozwans" data-time="1362770275">These are 'fake' rumors about dead space, EA has since announced theserumorsto be Untrue. theirprobablywill be a dead space 4....</blockquote>
    7. Unusualhat
      I've always loved dead space, and i got overly excited for 3. if they are in development stage of dead space 4 and cancel it i would be extremely angry because the ending of dead space 3 made it obvious that it will continue. i got way into dead space 3 just to not see what happens after the event.
    8. EpicVenom
      Dead Space Was Cool, But I Wasn't Excited For DS3.
    9. wolfarvak69
      That sucks I loved the original dead space.. Best game in long time with combos of so many genres.. The second.. A lil hyped but was great when it came out.. The third I still think they had the original dead space elements and was getting better. .. Haven't tried online yet tho.. That is sad. I would love to have seen dead space 4.maybe they can make a special box set with all 3 and bonuses at least.. Before they call it quits?
    10. Lozwans
      <blockquote class="ipsBlockquote" data-author="Abrakadeadguy" data-time="1364186687">Source?</blockquote>
      <a href="http://www.gamesradar.com/dead-space-4-reportedly-cancelled/">http://www.gamesradar.com/dead-space-4-reportedly-cancelled/</a>

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