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UPDATE: EA has responded with the following official statement:

"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."

ORIGINAL STORY: EA has ceased development on Dead Space 4 and effectively axed the series following lower than anticipated sales of Dead Space 3, has learned.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source familiar with the unannounced project told that Dead Space 4 had been in pre-production at Visceral Games, with a small team at Visceral Montreal allegedly tasked with developing prototypes and mock-ups for the title, and collaborating on ideas for the game's narrative.

However, the project was cancelled after Dead Space 3 failed to meet its sales targets, our source claims, telling us that EA executives visited Visceral Montreal last month to inform staff that the project had been terminated and announce details of the company's restructuring.

Visceral Montreal is rumoured to have closed following the restructuring.

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Though EA had yet to announce Dead Space 4, Dead Space 3's cliffhanger ending suggested that a fourth game had been planned by the publisher.

As well as discussing Dead Space 4's alleged cancellation, our source also gave us further insight into Dead Space 3's development, telling us that the game was almost cancelled partway through its development, and saw continuous cuts made to its budget throughout production.

Weapon-specific ammo was allegedly switched for generic ammo late in development, too, as a method for shoehorning in the game's controversial micro-transactions.

EA also advised Visceral that Dead Space 3 needed to appeal to a wider audience than the series' previous two titles, our source added, and the studio was reportedly told to focus on action over horror in an effort to make the game feel more like BioWare's Mass Effect.

Our source's comments tally with those made previously by EA.

Last year, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau suggested that Dead Space 3 would need to sell around five million copies in order for the series to survive.

"In general we're thinking about how we make this a more broadly appealing franchise," Gibeau told CVG, "because ultimately you need to get to audience sizes of around five million to really continue to invest in an IP like Dead Space.

"Anything less than that and it becomes quite difficult financially given how expensive it is to make games and market them."

Though sales figures for the game have yet to be officially released, the game's first week sales in the UK were down 26.6 per cent on the game's predecessor Dead Space 2.

In the weeks following its release, Dead Space 3 has gradually slipped further down the charts. The game currently sits at no.8, placing behind last year's Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Far Cry 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

EA announced plans to restructure its Los Angeles and Montreal studios in February, stating that though "many employees are being retrained for new positions... a small number will be released".

A former Visceral Montreal employee claims to have told Game Informer that "the entire studio has been laid off".

EA told that it does not comment on rumour or speculation when contacted about Dead Space 4's alleged cancellation.

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dav2612@ rbevanx

Those 8/9 out of ten and not boring to play comments are still simply your opinon. As with all things in life, some people agree, some people don't. Whether you class these people as real gamers or not, it still all comes down to personal taste. YOu might not understand why people don't enjoy it as much as you do but that's the nature of opinions.

Edit: for the record, I have no opinion of DS3 beyond the demo but what Clockpunk mentioned was how I felt about DS2 so I suspect I will not enjoy DS3 anywhere near as much as DS1.
Posted 11:46 on 06 March 2013

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So, they deleted what made Dead Space 1 and 2 so awesome, because Mass Effect sold better. Well Need for speed also sold better. They should had made a race car game in the snow, where necromorphs are jumping and cheering in the crowd. They could call it "Need for Space", or Dead Space 3, like they did.

So, now they are crying because people is not buying a non Dead Space game named Dead Space.
Posted 02:32 on 17 April 2013
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Perhaps it wasn't such a good idea throwing infinite resources at it and letting the true idea of the game slip away in the process. Odd that, it sounds like a great idea...
Posted 22:55 on 19 March 2013
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rbevanx@ GingerMessiah

Yeah it was a total surprise for me, just tell your mates not to bother with the DLC though.
Posted 17:29 on 16 March 2013
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I thought DS3 was selling well in comparison to 1 & 2.. Various friends of mine have bought a copy and are extremely satisfied. I sincerely hope they don't stop here.
Posted 17:28 on 16 March 2013
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ety vue que dead space 4 c est lutime je suis pas sur que il fon annuler longtemps .
Posted 14:24 on 16 March 2013
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regisafre1@ rbevanx

Posted 13:31 on 16 March 2013
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rbevanx@ regisafre1

Neither do I but it looks like that from the article. I'm hoping for an arcade game at least like the Dead Rising games.
Posted 13:28 on 16 March 2013
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regisafre1@ rbevanx

je ne veux pas que il anule dead space 4 .
Posted 13:26 on 16 March 2013
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rbevanx@ regisafre1

oui :)
Posted 13:22 on 16 March 2013
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c est domage que il son anuler moi je vouler dead space 4 sa me donne envie de en savoir vivement dead space 4 :)
Posted 13:21 on 16 March 2013
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As soon as I heard about the fustercluck I just knew it would be Scammel's work. And when I saw his name next to the article I just lol'd.
Posted 11:53 on 08 March 2013
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rbevanx@ MasonCooper42

If that's really your name thats awesome!
Posted 17:07 on 07 March 2013
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sorry it appears someone has already mentioned it.
Posted 15:38 on 07 March 2013
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rbevanx@ Wido

Yeah it was always gonna down in price after a bit anyway and if you didn'y buy it on launch you are better off waiting for it to be 15-20 quid.
But it wouldn't surprise me if EA switched the servers off for co-op after 8 months...
Posted 10:58 on 07 March 2013

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