There have been three installations of Dead Space since it was published by Electronic Arts (EA) in 2008. The latest, Dead Space 3, was released in 2013 and delivered poor sales that prompted rumors about production on the newest installation being shut down. However, EA has denied that ever being the case.
So here we sit three years later without any news about the arrival of a Dead Space 4. Will this release be dropped as a surprise? There’s precedent in the pop world so we never know if the video game industry will follow suit. But more than just surprises, avid fans of the game also want concrete proof that a new version of their favorite game is on its way.
So far, we haven’t heard from Visceral Games, creators of the Dead Space series. Before general manager Steve Papoutsis departed the company, he gave an interview with GamesTM where he stated that they’d love to revive Dead Space. However, the answer wasn’t quite really that definitive.
Visceral Games released Battlefield Hardline, the newest member of the Battlefield family, on March 17, 2015 but the next project they are working on is the untitled Star Wars game which is due to be released in 2017. Based on this alone, it’s safe to assume that talks about a Dead Space revival isn’t likely to happen soon. Given the stature of Star Wars, Visceral clearly wants to devote resources to making this a game that fans of the space franchise will truly enjoy.
So is it possible for them to pick up Dead Space after dropping Star Wars? Since Visceral hasn’t announced any future projects after Star Wars gets launched in 2017, it’s quite possible for them to look back into Dead Space. But a potential fourth installment of Dead Space depends on several factors, one of which is the financial situation of the company. Another factor is the success of the Star Wars project.
So until we officially hear a word from Visceral Games, all we have to go on about a future Dead Space release are rumors.