Electronic Arts is promoting the Dead Space franchise. How? By including Dead Space 2 as a pre-order bonus for gamers who buy Battlefield 3 early through EA’s new and somewhat controversial online service, Origin. Origin is that annoying service all PC owners of Battlefield 3 will have to use, whether buying the game digitally online or through hard copy at local retailers.
Dead Space 2 is a very interesting choice to be the game packaged with BF3 and as we said last week when that news broke, it’s obvious EA wants to get more gamers interested in the franchise for when Dead Space 3 becomes a reality. By becomes a reality we mean right now, because they are working on Dead Space 3.
There is no surprising news here since EA has made it clear ever since Dead Space 2 released that they see so much potential in the franchise and that they’re aiming to reach an even larger audience with their next game. But they have yet to officially announce the game, likely saving it for a big event next year (E3 2012?).
Unfortunately for them and developer Visceral Games, the cat may have been let out of the bag courtesy of the Israeli news program, The Headlines, who had the opportunity to tour the EA’s Redwood Shores head office. They were there to do a piece on the evolution of video games but an IGN reader noticed that in the background a logo for Dead Space 3 was shown, along with what we can assume is conceptual art of the game. Whoops!
Watch the footage here.
EA hasn’t commented yet and we’re waiting to verify the authenticity of the video since it does look suspicious.
Dead Space and its sequel follow protagonist Isaac Clarke as players delve into a third-person survival-horror experience. The story of the games take place in the future, with what began as a rescue operation aboard a mining ship turned religious cult conspiracy. Clarke barely survived the end of Dead Space 2 with the help of ally, Ellie, so expect them back for Dead Space 3.
Will the game follow in the footsteps of third-person survival horror franchise, Resident Evil, and add co-op play?
Read our Dead Space 2 review.
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