Dead Space 3 was unofficially confirmed, by way of an Israeli news report, nine months ago – but, prior to the leak, EA had already been talking-up the future of their fan-favorite survival-horror franchise (as well as intentions to target a broader demographic) for months.
cat Necromorph cat was out of the bag, further leaks indicated that Dead Space 3 would feature co-op and take place in a frozen wasteland. Now, a first look image of the game (coupled with Dead Space 3 graphic novel teaser trailer), along with a snapshot of the title’s frosty logo, comes semi-official confirmation that gamers will soon see their favorite systems engineer-turned-alien eradicating hero, Isaac Clarke, trekking through blizzard conditions and other chilling (both literal and figurative) environments.
As mentioned, prior reports suggested that Dead Space 3 would be set on the frozen planet (now confirmed to be Uxor) and it appears as though Isaac will once again be on clean-up detail when a shielded marker is unexpectedly exposed – turning the region’s inhabitants into Necromorphs.
Check out the full synopsis for the Dead Space 3 graphic novel tie-in for details on what to expect in the next installment:
While patrolling the planet Uxor, Earthgov Sergeant John Carver witnesses an attack on the Marker Site he guards which changes his life forever. John must now fight his way through a colony now in complete chaos as he begins to discover how important he is in fighting the Necromorph plague. This is just the start of John Carver’s saga in the Dead Space Universe.
SPOILER WARNING: If you’ve yet to finish Dead Space 2 and/or are sensitive to Dead Space 1 and 2 SPOILERS, you might want to hold-off on reading further – as, in order to make sense of this new Dead Space 3 info, we’ll need to recount where the series left-off.
The storyline depicted in the Dead Space 3 graphic novel teaser trailer (which you can check out at the top of the page), seems like a reasonable enough set-up for the next installment – especially considering the “multiple markers” reveal at the end of Dead Space 2.
Even before Dead Space 3 was officially announced (for Q1 2013), the revelation that Isaac would be jet-setting around the galaxy destroying markers certainly indicated that EA and Visceral Games intended to significantly expand the Dead Space universe. As a result, it’s now clear that, instead of revisiting the USG Ishimura, or a similarly dark and congested space ship, players should expect to encounter a variety of worlds (each with their own visual and gameplay aesthetics).
Check out the first official Dead Space 3 image as well as the game’s logo below (click to enlarge):
We see this kind of thing all the time (i.e. Uncharted: jungle, Uncharted 2: snow caves, Uncharted 3: desert) – but, with multiple markets and a search and destroy mission, it’s easy to imagine that the developers have ensured that each Dead Space installment will feature very different environments (and subsequently gameplay) mechanics.
While the long-rumored co-op partner (or Shadow Isaac as some reports suggest) is absent from the first official image, is it possible that the graphic novel teaser is also an introduction to Isaac’s Necromorph-killing associate – i.e. Sergeant John Carver? At this point, there’s no concrete information to go-on but the character is given a compelling enough storyline – one that could both compliment Isaac’s mission as well as create intriguing (and tense) character conflicts. Not to mention, the red coloring on Carver’s RIG would definitely make differentiating between on-screen players easy enough.
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Dead Space 3 is set for release during Q1 2013.