EA is hoping the Dead Space franchise can achieve the same sort of success Capcom enjoyed with their own survival-horror masterpiece, Resident Evil, although admitted they have a little way to go yet. Dead Space 2 was, as Borat might proclaim, a great success, and our very own Jon Lester reviewed the Severed add-on just this Tuesday, awarding it a 7, applauding the action-tastic approach. And whether you like it or not, Dead Space 3 might be even more explosive, with EA looking to replicate their survival-horror success in the action genre.
Since its release in January, Dead Space 2 has already shifted more than a million copies worldwide. EA later confirmed a third Dead Space game was required for the brand to reach mass-market levels. And they're looking to none other than Resident Evil as a benchmark, with EA Games' President Frank Gibeau applauding Capcom for "growing the franchise to a very large market", before admitting "we still have some areas to grow with Dead Space in terms of trying to reach a broader audience".
Gibeau then went on to explain that Dead Space 3 might build on its predecessor's action-oriented approach even further. "Overall, we want to try and grow the business in the action category", Gibeau explained, referring to Visceral Games' upcoming slate of titles - Dead Space 3 and a possible new IP - and Suda 51's and Shinji Mikami's hopefully epic Shadows of the Damned. However, don't expect Dead Space 3 to simply eschew all attempts at horror, as EA is adamant it must "grow without losing the quality and that survival-horror mechanic". Terrific. [IGN]