Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Bad, yet wholly unsurprising, news for fans of survival horror games today, as reports emerge that EA have cancelled work on Dead Space 4 following below average sales of Dead Space 3, effectively killing the once much-beloved series. Game over, Isaac.
Fellow videogames news site, VideoGamer, reports that an unnamed source told them Dead Space 4 was already in pre-production at developers Visceral Games. Unfortunately, despite topping the UK charts upon release, sales for Dead Space 3 have failed to meet targets, and development on a further sequel has been scrapped as a result.
If you ask us, EA had this coming as soon as they started pointlessly tinkering with an already successful formula. The powerhouse publisher previously claimed Dead Space 3 needed to exceed 5m sales to stay alive, which they tried to achieve by focusing more on action than the franchises staple horror elements in order to open the game to a wider audience. As a result, they pissed off current fans of the series and did little to expand the games appeal in the process. Throw in some half-assed microtransaction requirements and you had a product too easy to bash before it hit the shelves, even though the final game wasn’t actually that bad.