More Dead Space on the Way

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More Dead Space on the Way

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Dead Space may not have been a runaway hit but it apparently did well enough for Electronic Arts to begin work on two sequels and sign Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso to a movie project based on the game.

Dead Space, EA's 2008 survival horror game, was a moderate success, with former Visceral Games head Glen Schofield saying in early July that the game had shipped roughly 1.5 million copies. Not a world-beater by any stretch of the imagination but Schofield had earlier claimed that he was "satisfied" with the game's performance and that he hoped it would grow to become a major gaming franchise.

Schofield's not at Visceral any more but it looks like he's getting his wish: Variety reports that EA is working on not just one but two sequels (whether or not one of the two is the upcoming Wii game Dead Space: Extraction is unclear) and also has plans to bring the property to the big screen. Director D.J. Caruso, whose past work includes Eagle Eye, Disturbia and Two for the Money, has been attached to the project and EA, Caruso and the film's producers are now taking ideas from potential scriptwriters.

No word on when any of this stuff might see the light of day but it's good to see EA showing a commitment to the new property. Dead Space was a very good game that was no doubt overlooked by a lot of gamers who weren't sure what to make of a title that didn't end in a number and I'd be very surprised if a properly-supported sequel didn't fare considerably better commercially than the original.

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Two sequels and a movie!? I know they were trying to develop it as a franchise, but I expected it to be a little more organic than a media onslaught. Only a matter of time till they get a countdown teaser site, a graphic novel and 3 different editions of each game.

Yay two sequels......and a movie.

pigeon_of_doom:
Two sequels and a movie!? I know they were trying to develop it as a franchise, but I expected it to be a little more organic than a media onslaught. Only a matter of time till they get a countdown teaser site, a graphic novel and 3 different editions of each game.

Dead Space 2013.
Dead Space 2013: Special Edition.

:(

Oh well, I loved the first Dead Space, and Dead Space: Downfall was entertaining.
I guess I'm looking forward to sequels?

Yay! i just hope they manage to put in the horror into the games, because i love the concept of this game, and a movie? i liked the deadspace movie before, i wonder if they do it animated or Not.

Waitaminute, EA's pumping money out of an otherwise innocent franchise?

They're BACK!!!

Yay! another useless sequel!

DigitalJedl:

Dead Space 2010.
Dead Space 2010: Special Edition.

You've forgotten the ultimate galactic edition which comes with the first game, art books, making of dvd and a fulling working, damaged, stranded spaceship. Yes, I realise the oxymoron.

I loved Dead Space, and for the mto make a sequel is a great, I also enjoyed the little punch Mal said about how gamers don't knwo how to buy a game that doesn't end in a number.

Cool! I missed the first one, but I'll try and pick up this one(s) instead!

I actually think a Dead Space movie could be well done if done right.

pigeon_of_doom:

DigitalJedl:

Dead Space 2010.
Dead Space 2010: Special Edition.

You've forgotten the ultimate galactic edition which comes with the first game, art books, making of dvd and a fulling working, damaged, stranded spaceship. Yes, I realise the oxymoron.

Then the Super Ultimate Black Hole Edition which will come with a life-size Necromorph head, a special tin covered in blood with the game inside cryogenically frozen, a Blu-Ray version of Dead Space: Downfall, a large art book, 4 action figures, and the Dead Space soundtrack.

Then a year later, the same thing will be released, just with an Isaac Clarke helmet.

I'll admit, sadly, I'd probably buy that.

2 Sequels and a movie....

It's a start, and a pretty good one ^^

Yay sequels! Yay, EA! Ya- wait, movie...?

Eh, Downfall was good.

Yay Nika!

For seriousness. I'd look forward to a sequel, the first was fun, in that visceral sense. But they better not skimp out on the Ripper.

Altman help them of they do...

I loved dead space, the AI was pretty crap but other than that everything was pretty good. As for the movie though, well... If it's anything like the other movie then I'll stay clear. That thing was horrible, Uwe boll could of done a better job.

The first one was excellent in my opinion and had a fairly intriguing (if a bit un-inventive). A sequel would be nice providing it keeps the fantastic atmosphere the original had. Its also a great movie idea providing they don't dumb it down to make it PG 13, etc for the sake of audience size.

how are they going to base a movie on a character that NEVER SAID A WORD? Furhter more, why a movie in the first place?! When will developers learn that Movies base on Video Games are a bad idea?

If this comes as a surprise to anyone, they deserve a punch in the face. EA will always milk its series. Take Mass Effect for example. When the game was first conceived, it was a trilogy. Okay, that's good. Now, EA bought BioWare and have stated they want to make Mass Effect into a franchise. God, it's disgusting the way they do business. Just ask 2K.

DigitalJedl:

Then the Super Ultimate Black Hole Edition which will come with a life-size Necromorph head, a special tin covered in blood with the game inside cryogenically frozen, a Blu-Ray version of Dead Space: Downfall, a large art book, 4 action figures, and the Dead Space soundtrack.

Then a year later, the same thing will be released, just with an Isaac Clarke helmet.

I'll admit, sadly, I'd probably buy that.

Then they get round to the DLC...

Sad thing is, dilapidated spaceship aside, I wouldn't put it past EA. As the OP says, it's good to see companies making a staunch commitment to new I.Ps, but this looks to be purely cynical marketing.

GamerLuck:
how are they going to base a movie on a character that NEVER SAID A WORD? Furhter more, why a movie in the first place?! When will developers learn that Movies base on Video Games are a bad idea?

A film set around the universe...why make the assumption it's about the main character from the game?

but it already was a movie
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119081/

Hey, they tapped a sub-par director who's made exclusively sub-par movies. Good for them. That's how you know your franchise is going to do well.

I liked Dead Space though it had some annoying parts. Freakin' asteroids.

I didnt like it,i like psychological horror not things jumping outta cupboards,and if theres one thing we learned no movie created from a video game did well,and holywood should stop making games into films and start writing some interesting scripts that dont depend on special effects,so again,im not optimistic

To me, a Dead Space movie would be somewhat similar to the sci-fi/horror movie Event Horizon...

you know, board a ship, its abandoned or everything's dead, figure crap out, oh god what is that

I admit I played the first one because I got it with my xbox, but... I did enjoy it more than I first thought I would.

But sequels? Meh.... I'll have to wait and see what they offer, if its the same game, but a different setting, then maybe not.

Midnight0000:
To me, a Dead Space movie would be somewhat similar to the sci-fi/horror movie Event Horizon...

you know, board a ship, its abandoned or everything's dead, figure crap out, oh god what is that

Dead Space was inspired by Event Horizon, so a movie would be even closer. Based on this premise alone, I think it would be pointless to watch the movie.

I bought this game off Play.com on Saturday, as it was only 8. I'm expecting it to be delievered tommorow.

So, hopefully, this will be very good news.

it better not have another fucking asteroid rail shooter sequence or fuck it i'll kill every disc with fire and holy water.

This, I consider hilarious. Everyone complains about EA's lack of new IPs: EA puts out a new IP. EA tries to continue the IP, people start getting cynical for no reason. What, do you guys expect them to just make one-shot new IPs, ignoring the potential for sequels entirely?

Well honestly packaging the new game with the first one might not be a bad thing. Also getting a better writer (ie no military ships getting overrun by single opponents when it's highly improbable to say the least), working out some of the details (ie no 4th wall breaking shops) would also be good.

Truthfully though I suspect part of what killed Dead Space was simply the economy. People have been being attracted more to sequels I think because they know what to expect when money is tight. Add to that the relative length of Dead Space (it's not exactly a long game, nor a sandbox game you can put hundreds of hours into) and you can see some of the obstacles it was dealing with.

Personally I welcome the Action/Horror Franchise and see it having a lot of potential and questions to answer. I will also say that while the movie blew chips (I assume they didn't really talk to the game writers much) some of the other add-ons like "No Known Survivors" were pretty good.

As far as doing a movie, consider that this game is pretty much a homage to (or rip off of depending on your opinion) the whole sci-fi "horror on a space ship" genere. You basically had hallucinegenic "Event Horizon" type stuff (albeit not caused by demons), the expected creepy monsters to shoot like from "Aliens", and a *possibly* malevolent (though in this case more likely to be benevolent) Alien Artifact like in "Supernova" (Supernova being a "D" grade movie where the gimmick is that there is an alien artifact planted by another civilization that is actually a mega-bomb designed to be uncovered by civilizations once they reach a certain point so they will wiped themselves out, removing the potential intergalactic competition before it can truely get started... a variation on the basic concept of the original "Species").

HardRockSamurai:
Waitaminute, EA's pumping money out of an otherwise innocent franchise?

They're BACK!!!

"Wheres the nice EA guys?"

"They're gone, and we're back, the people who milk franchises for money yet are still inexplicably doing well"

If ANYONE gets the reference, you'll become a god in my eyes.

If they want Dead Space 2 to be a success, they'll need more stuff like the 'twinkle twinkle' trailer. That's my favourite game trailer of recent years.

Here it is for those who haven't seen it.

pigeon_of_doom:
Two sequels and a movie!? I know they were trying to develop it as a franchise, but I expected it to be a little more organic than a media onslaught. Only a matter of time till they get a countdown teaser site, a graphic novel and 3 different editions of each game.

They already have an anime and a comic.

You know what? I don't care that they're making all this. I enjoyed Dead Space and it's good to know that they're trying to do more stuff with it. They're trying to get their name out there and sooner or later it will be a household name like Alien. Plus it just means more Dead Space for the fans. Like me.

WrongSprite:

HardRockSamurai:
Waitaminute, EA's pumping money out of an otherwise innocent franchise?

They're BACK!!!

"Wheres the nice EA guys?"

"They're gone, and we're back, the people who milk franchises for money yet are still inexplicably doing well"

If ANYONE gets the reference, you'll become a god in my eyes.

That mitchell and webb look?

OT: I don't see why EA have decided that Dead Space was suitable for a franchise when was an average game that had average sales.

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