Rumor: Dead Space 4 Canceled After Dead Space 3 Disappoints
You simply cannot afford to take a step back in today's ultra-competitive, cutthroat interactive entertainment industry, even if that step is a small one.
Dead Space 3 didn't exactly fall flat, but to many, it represented a departure from what made the first two entries so very special. And unfortunately, that departure - which also resulted in lower than anticipated review scores - may have doomed the award-winning franchise.
After the sales of Dead Space 3 failed to impress EA, it seems the publisher may have canned development on the next sequel. According to VideoGamer, Dead Space 4 was supposedly in pre-production at Visceral Games and Visceral Montreal, but the latter has been shuttered in a restructuring move. On top of which, a source close to the issue said EA reflected on the troubled development of Dead Space 3, which suffered numerous budget cuts and was almost canceled at one time.
The game's perceived switch from mostly survival/horror to mostly third-person action shooter didn't go over well, either, and neither did the addition of microtransactions. We don't have up-to-date numbers on DS3 sales just yet, but EA has said in the past that their AAA productions need to sell in excess of 5 million copies if they want to survive. And that probably won't happen for the latest Dead Space.
Related Game(s): Dead Space 3
3/5/2013 10:50:24 AM Ben Dutka