Electronic Arts is releasing a Dead Space 2 demo just in time for the holidays – but alas, there will be no love for the PC crowd.

Is there anything that says “happy holidays” like a plasma cutter vivisection? Probably, but who cares, because we’re going to be playing Dead Space 2! A little taste of it, anyway, while we wait around for the real thing to show up. The demo will take players on “a terrifying adventure through the Church of Unitology,” a place of sanctuary that turns deadly during the Necromorph outbreak on the Sprawl.

“Releasing the demo five weeks before launch will not only re-connect players with our hero Isaac Clarke, but will also give them the opportunity to experience firsthand various jaw-dropping scenarios,” said Executive Producer Steve Papoutsis. The demo will let players try out new Necromorph-choppin’ tools like the fun-sounding Javelin gun, experience an enhanced telekinesis ability and even take the “advanced suit,” which gives players full motion control in zero-G space, for a test drive. “It’s gonna be awesome,” Papoutsis added.

The Dead Space 2 demo will be released worldwide on Xbox Live and on the PlayStation Network in North America on December 21, followed by the PlayStation Network in Europe on December 22. PC users, sadly, are going to have to suck it up and do without, but take heart: Dead Space 2 comes out for real on January 25, 2011 and until then, you can whet your appetite with the all-new Dead Space 2 trailer available on YouTube!

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