After its reveal as a co-op-centric shooter during E3 2012, Dead Space 3 — despite being the next sequel in one of the best-received survival horror franchises of this generation — has quite a bit to prove when it releases on Feburary 5. The mechanic adds a whole new layer to Dead Space’s gameplay — one that some fans have argued contradicts an axiom so fundamental to its genre: isolation.
Fortunately, however, skeptics and believers alike will be able to get a taste for the experience early. In addition to bestowing us with the Dead Space 3 “Story-So-Far” trailer above, Electronic Arts and developer Visceral Games have announced that a Dead Space 3 demo will release January 22 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Xbox 360-owning Necromorph meat can earn a week-early access code by signing up at demo.deadspace.com, although EA cautions that quantities are limited.
WhileÂ Dead Space 3Â will always give players the option of playing through the campaign alone, the demo itself appears to emphasize co-op. Electronic Arts was sparse with the mission specifics in their press release, but promises “deep space terror when unwilling hero â€“ Isaac Clarke â€“ and all-new co-op companion â€“ Sergeant John Carver â€“ crash land on Tau Volantis, an unforgiving ice planet teeming with Necromorphs.”
Whether or not that means players will be precluded from flying solo remains unclear — but in the case of Dead Space 3 testing out cooperative play seems like a borderline necessity. With EA already confirming that it contains exclusive gameplay sequences, gameplay mechanics, story details, and even Kinect voice commands (not to mention the self-aware but ardent praise of the mode from EA executives), there’s no doubt that co-op will be crucial to the atmosphere and narrative the game attempts to convey. If the demo provides even a small feel for how Issac Clarke and John Carver, horror-hardened engineer and battle-scarred sergeant, survive the new open-world ice planet of Tau Volantis, Dead Space 3 could further solidify its position as one our most anticipated games of 2013.
Dead Space 3 releases on February 5 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
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