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Dead Space is getting a remake

EA’s Motive studio will re-imagine the sci-fi horror classic

Dead Space is back. Visceral Games’ sci-fi survival horror classic, originally released in 2008, is being remade by Electronic Arts’ Motive studio, the publisher announced during Thursday’s EA Play Live digital showcase. The new Dead Space is coming to PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X.

Players will experience “an improved story, characters, gameplay mechanics and more as they fight to survive a living nightmare aboard the desolate mining starship, the USG Ishimura, all while uncovering the dreadful mystery of what happened to the slaughtered crew and ship,” EA said in a news release.

“The Dead Space franchise made a huge impact on the survival horror genre when it was released 12 years ago, and I came to Motive as a fan first to specifically work on this game,” said Phillippe Ducharme, senior producer of Dead Space, in a statement. “We have a passionate team at Motive who are approaching this remake as a love letter to the franchise. Going back to the original and having the opportunity to do so on next-gen consoles excited everyone on the team. As we look to modernize the game, we’ve reached out to dedicated fans and invited them to provide us with feedback since the early stages of production to deliver the Dead Space game they want and for new players to enjoy as well.”

Motive is best known for its work on Star Wars Battlefront 2’s single-player campaign and Star Wars: Squadrons.

The new Dead Space will be a remake, not a remaster, of engineer Isaac Clarke’s terrifying adventure aboard the USG Ishimura spaceship. A teaser trailer shown during EA Play Live offered little in the way of detail, but the Dead Space remake appears faithful to the dark and gory original game that spawned a franchise.

EA did not announce a release date for the new Dead Space.

The Dead Space series consisted of three main games, launched between 2008 and 2013, and a pair of spinoffs: puzzle-action game Dead Space Ignition and rail shooter Dead Space Extraction. The main games were set in the 26th century and starred Isaac Clarke, who battled undead beings known as Necromorphs, which, unlike traditional zombielike enemies, generally had to be dispatched by slicing off their limbs.

One of the co-creators of the Dead Space series, Glen Schofield, is working on a spiritual successor to the games called The Callisto Protocol with his studio Striking Distance. A sci-fi horror game set in the broader PUBG universe, The Callisto Protocol is slated for release sometime in 2022.

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