"We Encourage Players To Explore The Game"
EA has no plans to fix a recently-discovered exploit in Dead Space 3 that allows players to farm resources instead of shelling out for microtransactions... because it was apparently a purposeful design decision.
"The resource-earning mechanic in Dead Space 3 is not a glitch," intoned EA representative Jino Talens in a statement made to GameFront. "We have no plans to issue a patch to change this aspect of the game. We encourage players to explore the game and discover the areas where resources respawn for free. We've deliberately designed Dead Space 3 to allow players to harvest resources by playing through the game. For those that wish to accumulate upgrades instantly, we have enabled an optional system for them to buy the resources at a minimal cost ($1-$3)."
The more cynical among us might suggest that EA have desperately tried to spin an embarrassing situation to their advantage, but for now, there's little point dipping into your bank account.
Personally, we'd suggest that you completely ignore the greedy microtransactions and the exploit to enjoy improving Isaac's gear through multiple playthroughs. Stay tuned for our full Dead Space 3 video review.