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Dead Space remake: release date, gameplay, leaks, platforms, more

Published: 1/Sep/2021 4:44 Updated: 1/Sep/2021 5:03

by Brad Norton

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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.

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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 ventures 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.

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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.

Dead Space remake trailers

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.

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.

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Dead Space remake gameplay details

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Improved graphics breathe new life into the original Dead Space experience.

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.

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Isaac can now shred flesh from bone in the Dead Space remake.

As one of the core changes in the remake, EA detailed an evolution on the dismemberment system. In the original Dead Space, Isaac could shoot individual limbs off nearby targets. Now, he can do more than just that.

Gameplay innovations have added a new feature to the mix, as players will soon be able to remove flesh directly from the bones of enemies. This serves not just for an added gore factor, but also to indicate the health of certain foes.

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Dead Space remake leaks

Following rumors from VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, Eurogamer was first to report that EA is working to revive “an established, fan-favorite IP.”

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.

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A remake of the original Dead Space is finally in the works.

Dead Space remake leading to Dead Space 4?

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.

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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 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.

On the other hand, if the remake sells exceptionally well, an entirely new game could very well be in the cards.

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The future of the Dead Space franchise hinges on the success of the Dead Space remake.

Dead Space remake developers

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.

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Visceral Games, the original team behind Dead Space, has been shut for four years.

Dead Space remake release date

With no official confirmation from EA just yet, it’s too early for a release date to be locked in. Based on Motive’s last project, however, we can make some assumptions.

Star Wars Squadrons released in October of 2020. Therefore, even if the team immediately transitioned to work on Dead Space, it’s more than likely the remake is still in very early development.

The tail end of 2022 could be the absolute earliest plausible release window, depending on the intricacy of the remake. Though 2023-2024 appears to be a safer bet.

Dead Space remake platforms

Given there’s been no official word from EA just yet, it’s too early to confirm which platforms the Dead Space remake might land on. With the title currently in early development, however, it could be safe to assume a new-gen only release.

A ‘full-fledged’ remake could take multiple years to develop. As a result, we could very well be three or four years into the new console cycle by the time the game is released. At that stage, it would be more likely for EA to release on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S along with PC.

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The Dead Space remake could be designed for new-gen consoles only.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated here as further information surrounding the Dead Space remake comes to light.