Any game that meets some success before getting added multiplayer with the sequel gets painted with the 'tacked-on' brush. Does that always mean a sub-par experience, though?
But will there be another Dead Space game? "Who knows?", says EA's Soderlund.
Also admits to stupidly buying Aliens: Colonial Marines.
UPDATE: EA responds: "While we have not announced sales for Dead Space 3, we are proud of the game and the franchise remains an important IP to EA."
An image which appears to be the first screenshot from Dead Space 3 has appeared online alongside the game's logo.
As Capcom abandons the genre, and rumours point to a co-op Dead Space 3, will this year's E3 spell the death of survival horror?
If joined by another player, series hero Isaac will be helped by a man with a glowing red eye and a scar. This new character will also have his won engineering rig.
New games in both the Dead Space and Need for Speed franchises are on the way, publisher EA announced overnight during its Q4 financial year 2012 earnings call.
Dead Space producer Chuck Beaver has hastily shifted into reverse gear after criticising the story in Gears of War.
Dead Space 3 appears to have been outed by South African retailer BT Games, with the website now taking pre-orders for the sci-fi horror sequel.
Visceral Games, the studio behind the hit Dead Space franchise and God of War-alike Dante's Inferno, is creating a new franchise, according to a job ad.