EA Moves Dead Space Developers to a New IP

ea-visceral-gamesNews of Visceral Games’ demise may have been premature but it looks like news of the end of the Dead Space may not have been. In an interview at E3, EA Games Label vice president Patrick Soderlund says that the developer has been moved on to work on a new IP while Dead Space has been but on hiatus.

Back in March, Video Gamer reported that EA had cancelled Dead Space 4 and closed Visceral Games’ Montreal studio in the wake of disappointing sales of Dead Space 3. At the time, EA denied both reports. While it appears that Visceral Montreal wasn’t closed, the reported fate of Dead Space 4 might be a bit more accurate.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Soderlund said, “I wouldn’t say [Dead Space is] cancelled at all. Dead Space remains a brand that is close to Electronic Arts’ heart. It’s been a great brand for us done by a very passionate team. Is that team working on a Dead Space game today? No they’re not.”

Basically, Dead Space isn’t dead but EA isn’t interested in getting another iteration in a franchise that it considers one of its core brands. I wouldn’t exactly call that a vote of confidence in Dead Space from an EA executive.

In the meantime, Visceral is one of the three EA studios working on new Star Wars games, along with DICE and BioWare. Presumably, the team at Visceral has been moved on to a Star Wars game but the current project at Visceral hasn’t been reported on. I’m holding out hope that they’ve got their hands on Star Wars 1313.

Source: Eurogamer


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Posted on June 19, 2013, in Games and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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