Designer Clarifies Enhanced Action In Dead Space 2
Here's the thing: when a developer hints that a sequel or a follow-up title might feature a change of focus, fans of that original title are immediately skeptical...and a little annoyed.
And although many are anticipating Dead Space 2, early comments from EA concerning the amped-up action and the increased "bad-ass-ness" of the main character Isaac have prompted some negative feedback. The fans say this can ruin the creepy, freaky feel that made the first Dead Space so damn invigorating. In other words, keep that Hitchcock-ian feel and don't bother with the "Saw" approach, which we tend to agree with. However, EA wants to clarify; Dead Space 2 producer Steve Papoutsis spoke with Rely On Horror about this subject, and his words are definitely encouraging:
"Dead Space 2 is going to be just as scary, gruesome, and tense as the original game. The action comments are often misunderstood. What we are trying to do is augment the tense sections with moments where Isaac feels more capable or like he has the upper hand for a change. Remember Isaac has dealt with the Necromorphs before, he has learned some things, and so we want to give the player a chance to experience the upper hand. That does not mean it changes the rest of the game. These situations will still be scary and tense the only real difference is that they will also be a bit faster paced than the rest of the combat you might experience in the game."
Now that's what we wanted to hear! Isaac's increased capability shouldn't impact the atmosphere or overall fearful sensations we experienced in the original game; the character is simply a bit better when it comes to surviving. However, our only remaining question is whether or not the action sequences take up more of the gameplay than before...if they do, is that not a definite shift in focus? But really, we're immensely excited 'cuz Dead Space totally rejuvenated - and perhaps even revolutionized - the survival/horror genre. We can't wait for number two.
Related Game(s): Dead Space 2
4/13/2010 10:40:12 AM Ben Dutka