EA has confirmed that there won't be any new Dead Space games in the near future but that the series is far from gone for good.
During an E3 interview with Eurogamer, EA executive vice president Patrick Soderlund confirmed that Dead Space developer Visceral Games is in fact not working on a new Dead Space title right now but that the Dead Space series isn’t necessarily over with.
According to Soderlund, Dead Space is still a very important IP for EA but after sales for Dead Space 3 failed to meet the company’s expectations (for comparison, Dead Space 3 sold less copies at launch than Dead Space 2), EA decided to put the Dead Space series on the backburner and let Visceral Games work on a brand new project:
"They're working on something else very exciting. You have to think of it from that perspective. Is it better to put them on the fourth version of a game they've done three previous versions of before? Or is it better to put them on something new that they want to build, that they have passion for?"
Soderlund was also careful to clarify however that this isn’t the end of Dead Space. Instead, he wants fans to think of the Dead Space series as “taking a break” while Visceral focuses on their new game:
"I am of the utmost opinion that we have to put the best possible games in the hands of our fans. How you get to a great game, the first thing you need is a great development team that have a passion for building what they're building. That's a simple parameter. Everything else follows. Money, time, everything else follows. It's less relevant. That's ultimately how you get success. It's as simple as that."
While Dead Space fans may be disappointed to hear they won’t be getting to dismember necromorphs any time soon, the silver lining is that at least Visceral won’t be sitting around twiddling their thumbs. Whatever new game the developer has in store for players, it’s bound to be good if the Dead Space series is anything to go off of.