The action-horror francise will take a breather as the developers pursue other ideas.
Back in March, a rumor floated around that the Dead Space franchise, along with its developer, Visceral Games, had died, killed by low sales. Both EA and Visceral themselves responded to the twitter-based report, calling it "patently false." That said, there's no Dead Space 4 in the works at the moment, as Visceral Games pursues other projects, EA boss Patrick Söderlund told Eurogamer in an interview.
As Söderlund puts it, "I wouldn't say it's [Dead Space franchise] cancelled at all." Instead, Visceral is hard at work on something else. "Is it better to put them on the fourth version of a game they've done three previous versions of before? Or is it better to put them on something new that they want to build, that they have passion for?"
"[T]he first thing you need is a great development team that have a passion for building what they're building," according to Söderlund, "Everything else follows. Money, time, everything else follows. It's less relevant. That's ultimately how you get success. It's as simple as that."
While Dead Space 4 isn't about to make an E3 appearance this year, Söderlund says that's no reason for fans to mourn: "Will there be another Dead Space game? Who knows? Have we killed it? No, of course not."