The Dead Space franchise might not be dead after all. Back in 2017, EA shut down Visceral Games, the studio behind the popular space horror shooter. This being after the studio released three entries in the Dead Space series since its debut in 2008. While many of us thought the series was dead and gone, according to multiple reports, a Dead Space reimagining is on the cards.
First, Jeff Grubb claimed that EA was set to announce a new project during its EA Play Live event on 22 July. He claims this project is not a new IP but rather an established franchise. Gematsu now claims that this established IP is none other than Dead Space.
According to the site, this announcement is not your average sequel. Rather, EA Games is working on a full reimagining of the series. This is great news. The Dead Space series, while being a decent horror experience, kind of grew tiresome by the third game. For EA to completely reboot the franchise means we are going to meet new characters and slice up new aliens.
But not everything is all good in the hood. Following the closure of Visceral Games back in 2017, the studio developers formed a new company under the PUBG Corporation called Striking Distance. Last year Striking Distance announced a new sci-fi horror game called The Callisto Protocol. Keep in mind that many of the original Dead Space developers work at this new studio. This means that their new horror game might go head-to-head against Dead Space at one point.
We don’t know which development team at EA is behind the Dead Space reimagining. However, EA Motive, the studio behind Star Wars: Squadrons might be the one. Last year, studio general manager Patrick Klause claimed that EA Motive is working on several unannounced projects.
“With our new mission, we’re trying a lot of things and testing many ideas which you can’t get attached to, as iteration and experimentation are healthy and a key to finding something great.
“The team is super talented and we’re all striving to make aspirational games that push the boundaries of what players expect now and into the future.”
We will keep you updated on the Dead Space reimagining as we learn more.