Dead Space 3: No online multiplayer, less horror to broaden appeal, and a 5 million sales ultimatum

Posted on June 16, 2012 - 1:07pm by King Meatball I

Editor's Note : In addition to this news, we can also tell you that a Wii U  version is not happening and EA has also released a brand-new 20 minute gameplay video, which can be seen below:

According to Game Informer, Dead Space 3  will drop competitive multiplayer modes from the game after the negative reaction from Dead Space 2's multiplayer. The strong emphasis on co-op was done  as a replacement for dropping online multiplayer modes from the game.

Some other details revealed by Visceral Games include it being less linear than previous games, more ammo drops along with universal ammo pickups, side-quest missions called "beta missions", and the ability to combine weapons. Previously announced details include drop-in/out co-op, an icy world setting, and new varieties of monsters and enemy humans.

In a different interview, EA reveals the series and Dead Space 3  itself needs about $5 million more in sales in order for EA to "justify" making future games for the series. While EA states they don't want to "piss off" loyal fans of the franchise, the decision to make Dead Space 3 less horror-based is part of their larger plan to broaden the potential buying audience for the series.

EA's Frank Gibeau had this to say:

"It's definitely not getting away from gore or horror, but at the same time it's opening up to a larger audience by adding some elements. In general we're thinking about how we make this a more broadly appealing franchise, because ultimately you need to get to audience sizes of around five million to really continue to invest in an IP like Dead Space. Anything less than that and it becomes quite difficult financially given how expensive it is to make games and market them."

Phew. This  sure is a lot of Dead Space 3 news. Be sure to tell us what you think of it all in the comments. 

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