EA’s acclaimed Dead Space series is finally making a comeback as a full-fledged remake of the original title is now in development. From all the latest leaks to release date and platform rumors, here’s everything we know.
The Dead Space franchise has long been lauded as one of gaming’s best efforts in the horror genre. Players first jumped aboard the USG Ishimura in 2008, assuming the role of Isaac Clarke as he ventured through the Necromorph-infested ship.
Three mainline games, two spinoffs, and two animated movies later, the series has now been dormant for the better part of a decade.
However, EA has finally confirmed that a remake is now in the works. After leaks began surfacing that the popular franchise is making a comeback, we now have our first official information to go off. Here’s everything we know about the Dead Space remake.
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The Dead Space remake will be released on Friday, January 27 2023.
While 2023 is still a ways away, at least we have a release date to look forward to.
— Dead Space (@deadspace) May 12, 2022
EA has confirmed that the Dead Space remake will be released for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
This means the remake is being built from the ground up for the latest hardware only. Thus, it’s unlikely we’ll see it ported to previous-gen consoles anytime in the near future.
Following weeks of rumors, EA finally revealed the first official Dead Space remake trailer at EA Play Live 2021.
While it was only a brief teaser, this gave our first look at the updated title.
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Next came an in-depth developer stream on August 31 as EA broke down the Dead Space remake.
From their goals to specific gameplay tidbits, there was plenty to learn from this unique broadcast.
Yet another details look at the Dead Space remake came on May 13, 2022, as devs provided a deep dive into the game’s visuals.
While gameplay footage remains scarce, an August 31 developer livestream gave us more information on the Dead Space remake than ever before.
The broadcast kicked off with a quick overview of visual upgrades. From screenshots alone, it’s clear lighting and character models have vastly improved, as you would expect.
As one of the core changes in the remake, EA detailed an evolution of the dismemberment system. In the original Dead Space, Isaac could shoot individual limbs off nearby targets. Now, he can do more than just that.
Players will also be able to remove flesh directly from the bones of enemies. This serves not just as an added gore factor, but also to indicate the health of certain foes.
While fans had been disappointed in some of the remake’s audio effects, the team at Visceral has taken the feedback on board and made changes.
Things you did:
Shared feedback on our Plasma Cutter and Pulse Rifle
Things we did:
Listened and made modifications 💥 pic.twitter.com/HIMJ9kHRE4
— Dead Space (@deadspace) April 13, 2022
At the time, it was unclear what series this may have been referring to. Though in a July 1 update from Grubb, it was confirmed that the ‘established IP’ in focus was none other than Dead Space.
Fans can expect a “full-fledged remake,” of the first title, as opposed to a traditional remaster. This means “modern visuals,” and potentially even “new game mechanics,” to modernize the 2008 classic.
While Dead Space is regarded as one of the more iconic horror franchises in gaming history, it appears the remake is a way for EA to gauge interest.
Despite Dead Space 2 selling more than two million copies in its first week alone, lifetime sales failed to meet company expectations. Similar can be said for Dead Space 3 that reportedly sold worse than its predecessor, moving just over 600,000 copies in its first month.
Enthusiasm for a new entry has only grown over the years since the last game was released in 2013. However, there’s no guarantee that we’ll ever see a Dead Space 4 due to previous sales. If the remake fails to exceed EA’s expectations, it wouldn’t be advisable to hold your breath for a fourth entry.
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On the other hand, if the remake sells exceptionally well, an entirely new game could very well be in the cards.
Motive Studios is leading development on the Dead Space remake. This Canadian team, founded in 2015, co-developed 2017’s Star Wars Battlefront II before releasing its first full title with Star Wars Squadrons in 2020.
The Dead Space remake will be their first time working on the popular horror franchise.
Visceral Games, the original studio behind all three mainline Dead Space entries, was shuttered in 2017 after EA canceled ‘Project Ragtag,’ a third-person Star Wars game.
There’s no telling how many, if any, of the 80 Visceral Games developers transitioned to Motive Studios.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated here as further information surrounding the Dead Space remake comes to light.
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