Studio shut down and Star Wars back to the drawing board
Visceral Games, the Californian developer best known for the Dead Space franchise, has been shut down. The studio most recently released Battlefield Hardline, which was met with mixed reviews. It’s since been working on an original Star Wars title helmed by Uncharted director Amy Hennig,...
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Dead Space was undoubtedly one of the most promising new properties of the previous generation, but after a spectacular inaugural entry, the survival horror series started to go off the boil. Isaac Clarke's stomp across the Sprawl in sequel Dead Space 2 was fine, but it lacked the claustrophobic feel of its predecessor...
Shoot the guns
EA's conference at Gamescom today was a little dry, to the say the least. The perennially unpopular publisher closed out its show with a brand new single player trailer for Battlefield Hardline, which you can view down below. After a hairy altercation with a particularly nasty foe, our quick witted hero Nick Mendoza finds himself...
Confirmed 1080p and 60fps on PS4
Battlefield Hardline may have leaked before E3, but that didn't stop EA from closing out its press conference with the spin-off shooter. The much maligned publisher showed off several minutes of intense multiplayer action, including a veritable treasure trove of the series' signature destructible environments. What's...
Luminary to oversee new Star Wars project
Visceral Games’ underrated survival horror series Dead Space may be deader than its name suggests, but that’s not stopping the Electronic Arts owned studio from soldiering on with an even bigger sci-fi brand. Rumours have connected the company to Star Wars for some time now – and they have been...
Note to employers: you're going to have to be more careful about what you reveal in job postings
We know you want to attract all the hot talent, but including buzzwords such as "new IP" in your position summaries grabs us journo types' attention like semi-naked shots of Kim Kardashian. Still, you've got time to learn. For now we'll feed off the scraps of this story: Visceral Games is..
Kotaku's dumped a slew of EA rumours this morning, starting with the Dead Space franchise
The publication claims that the publisher is looking at "new ways to expand" the survival horror space series, and has a first-person shooter in the works. But apparently, that's not all. The publisher also has a Dead Space flight game in development — presumably a downloadable twin-stick shooter..
The original Dante's Inferno suffered from releasing about a month before God Of War III
The game looked fantastic at first, only to be made look average by Sony Santa Monica's successor. But we're big fans of the "God Of War genre" as a whole, and so we'd be happy to see a follow-up in developer Visceral's slash 'em up series. If evidence uncovered on writer Joshua Rubins blog is..
Let's be honest, there are more than enough multiplayer shooters available on the PlayStation 3
But Blood Dust — a cancelled class-based shooter from shuttered developer Visceral Melbourne — actually sets itself apart by virtue of its eccentric 1930s backdrop. According to Kotaku Australia, the "run and gun experience" was in development for more than three years, and was packed with..
Dead Space 3 hasn't even been announced yet, but we're already massively familiar with it
The game's previous leak was huge, detailing settings and characters. But now Siliconera's uncovered more on protagonist Isaac Clarke's deteriorating mental state, confirming that the beleaguered engineer will now be haunted by a secondary personality. The "Shadow Isaac" will hunt players throughout..
Visceral Games is hard at work on Dead Space 3, surprise surprise
According to sources, the game is not set on a spaceship this time around. Instead the action takes place on a new planet called Tau Volantis, an arctic world in which protagonist Isaac Clarke must front blizzards and icy conditions. Isaac crash lands on the planet at the start of the game and quickly finds he's not the only..
The best thing about Dead Space: Extraction was protagonist Lexine Murdoch's hair-band, but from what we can make out from this chaotic Dead Space 2: Severed trailer, her head accessory has disappeared
We could get over the subtle changes to Isaac's girlfriend's face during Dead Space 2's main campaign, but this is unforgivable. She doesn't even look like the same character. Thankfully the DLC..
EA's slapped a March 1st release date (March 2nd for Europeans) on the first Dead Space 2 expansion pack, Severed
The DLC depicts the story of Dead Space: Extraction's protagonists Gabe Weller and Lexine Murdoch. As a security officer, Weller comes equipped with a one-of-a-kind security suit and an upgraded, more powerful Pulse Rifle that will help him unleash his own blood-curdling adventure..
Dead Space 2's only just launched to critical (and commercial) acclaim, but already EA's uttering the words Dead Space 3
Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, EA gaffer John Riccitiello said that the Dead Space franchise could reach the "five million unit cadence" [pssht, pretentious, John - Ed] with the release of "Dead Space 3". It's worth noting..
We're not totally convinced by the longevity of Dead Space 2's competitive multiplayer mode, but it's a fine addition to the package
The gameplay is fun in short-bursts, and while we don't expect it to have anywhere near the tail of other multiplayer titles, it's a nice palette cleanser between long stretches with the game's campaign mode. Those...
There's a lot of movers and shakers in this week's UK sales charts, but nothing really of notable discussion
Dead Space 2's continued its reign aloft the UK sales charts for a second consecutive week, beating out the usual convoy of FIFA 11, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Call Of Duty: Black Ops. Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet 2 has kept its head in the top ten, finishing up in fifth position..
Unsurprisingly Dead Space 2 has topped the UK sales charts this week, destroying the numbers of its predecessor by a good 70 percent
And people wonder why publishers release sequels rather than new IP. Speaking of which, Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet 2 continued its dally with the top of the charts, finishing this week in a respectable second position (and top of the PlayStation 3-only charts)..
Dead Space 2 isn't even out here in Europe yet, but that's not stopping EA from announcing a chunky portion of DLC ahead of the frightful release
Dead Space 2: Severed will enhance the main game's narrative by providing "two standalone chapters in the single-player game". The DLC will follow Dead Space: Extraction's characters Gabe and...
Incestuous cross-promotion this may be, we still think it's awesome
Players who pick up a copy of Visceral Games' Dead Space 2 next week will be granted an unlock code to redeem the "Ser Isaac Of Clarke" armour set in Bioware's Dragon Age II. While Isaac Clarke's futuristic space-suit has been toned down to fit in with Dragon Age's medieval aesthetic, the resemblance is totally there and..
If you buy Dead Space 2 on the PlayStation 3, you'll get a little treat enclosed
The first run of Visceral's scare-em-up will include a free copy of Dead Space: Extraction — the Nintendo Wii light-gun shooter — complete with revamped "HD visuals" and fully PlayStation Move compatibility. Breaking the silence on the exclusive PlayStation 3 bonus, Jeff Rubenstein's hit up producer Zach..
The original Dead Space was good because of its atmosphere and intellectual commentary
It was scary because of the things it didn't show you, not the things it did. So forgive us for labelling EA's "Your Mom Hates Dead Space 2" marketing campaign as the worst thing ever. While the mature ladies spew hyperbole such as, "I think it'll make a person go insane," we can't help but..
Nice little treat for fans of the franchise this
Those of you who've got a Dead Space save-file on your PlayStation 3 (it doesn't have to be complete, though we'd recommend it is) will get a reward in the upcoming Dead Space 2. A skin will be made available unlocking the original game's Plasma Cutter weapon. Boom. Now you can be all like "pew pew pew" and reminisce about a time when..
Dead Space 2's out soon and to tide you over until that all important January launch, EA's announced a demo
That demo's not out for a few more weeks though, so to get you through until then, have a new trailer on us. We won't charge you (this time). The footage details the Necromorphs which, surprise surprise, aren't very pleasant. We can't wait to chop their limbs off.
Trust EA to make Christmas a thing of misery
Visceral's announced that a Dead Space 2 demo will hit the PlayStation Network on December 21st. Unfortunately, we won't be playing it. Why? Because we're too excited for Dead Space 2. "That makes no sense," we hear you scream. Well it kinda does. We're so excited about Dead Space 2 that we want every single moment to be a surprise. We don't..
There's something extremely cliche about tying a horror trailer to a nursery rhyme or children's verse, but whatever, Dead Space 2 looks absolutely amazing
The game's due out in January, which sounds like ages but is actually a matter of a couple o' months. We absolutely cannot wait.
No joke. Visceral Games - you know, the dudes famous for Dead Space - have told Gamasutra that they're working on a Command & Conquer game that's "pretty far out". Nick Earl, who's in charge of action and strategy games at EA, revealed that the publisher is looking to leverage brands out to successful studios. Regardless of which particular geography, everyone feels like theyre..
Collector's editions are a bit of a con
Well, no, they're not really a "con" — it's just that they get you. They offer stuff you don't really need, but want anyway. Take this rumoured Dead Space 2 package which was uploaded to Amazon and swiftly pulled down. It includes a replica of the game's famous Plasma Cutter weapon. Do we need a Plasma Cutter? No. Do we want a Plasma Cutter? Yes..
Dead Space is still one of our favourite games on PlayStation 3
Above all else, the atmosphere Visceral managed to deliver with their debut release remains unmatched. It was refreshing to see Dead Space 2 deliver that same sense of mystery. The game might not be set on the original Ishimura space-craft; but the teasing shadows and bright lights are...
Go and check your emails. There's a chance you might have been selected by EA for a Dead Space 2 beta on the PlayStation 3. Apparently, Dead Space fans have been "hand-selected" by Visceral Games to take part in the closed multiplayer test. Scott Probst, the game's multiplayer designer, explains in the invitation e-mail, "We have just launched a small beta which will..
If you buy Dead Space 2 on the PlayStation 3 you'll get a free game included out of the box
The Wii's Dead Space: Extraction is being ported to the PlayStation 3 with PlayStation Move controls. Obviously, the game will feel best when played with the PlayStation Move controller, as it's a rails-shooter designed with pointer controls in mind. EA doesn't want to rule everyone out though; those who..
No, you're right
Dead Space 2 does not need multiplayer. The original was such an atmospheric game because of the sense of isolation. So we're not sure why Visceral's decided to chuck in multiplayer. But whatever - let's just assume that the single-player's going to be the same thrill-ride we've come to expect from Dead Space, and assume the multiplayer's just a side-attraction. This..
Dead Space: Ignition is due this Fall and will set-up the events Isaac Clarke's set to encounter in Dead Space 2
During a showcase last night, EA presented a little of the downloadable prequel. The product's got a comic-book aesthetic, but is fully voiced and will allow you to choose your own adventure ending in four unique conclusions. Completing...
Sounds like downloadable prequels are the new in-thing
THQ's planning one for Red Faction, and Capcoms got one planned for Dead Rising 2 (albeit an exclusive). Now Visceral Games has announced Dead Space: Ignition, a downloadable prequel for the upcoming Dead Space 2. According to Dead Space franchise executive producer Steve Papoutsis, it's...
Just so you know - Visceral Games are teasing something to do with Dead Space 2
They're teasing hard. A mysterious piece of artwork has popped up on their Facebook profile, with the words: "If you look closely you might find that there's a hint hidden in here about a big announcement we'll be making this week. Let the guessing begin!" Ooooh a puzzle. We're going to guess it has..
Sony highlighted their relationship with EA pretty hard during their press conference today, revealing that the PlayStation 3 version of Dead Space 2 would come packed with a copy of Dead Space: Extraction, exclusively on the PlayStation 3
The Wii title will be updated for the PlayStation 3 and will include PlayStation Move controls to match the Wii experience. It basically makes the PS3 SKU of the..
Alongside a deeply impressive gameplay demo for Dead Space 2, EA's just announced that the survival horror title will launch on January 25th
The gameplay looks familiar, so no need to worry about EA going off on a complete tangent with this one. It looks awesome. We'll be finding out more about Dead Space 2 during Sony's E3 press conference tomorrow.
Watching this pre-E3 trailer of Dead Space 2 reminded us of a couple of things
Numero uno; we still think the original Dead Space was an absolute masterpiece. Numero dos; we can't wait to shoot the limbs off necromorphs all over again. To be fair, this Dead Space 2 trailer doesn't really show you anything you couldn't have experienced in the original game. But in some ways, that's the beauty of..
With E3 mere days away now, the industry's anticipation is nearing fever-pitch
With pretty high stakes all around for the platform holders, it can be easy to over-look the actual core of the event in anticipation of megaton announcements and new hardware — that's the games. As we continue our E3 build-up, we list our five most anticipated PlayStation games of the show. In order to appear on this..
We told you Geoff Keighley was back in the game didn't we? He's just sent out a Tweet regarding the reveal of Dead Space 2's first gameplay footage next week in GameTrailers' pre-E3 special
Another big game in our pre-e3 special next Fri First real hd gameplay footage from Dead Space 2. The show will also have the first gameplay footage of Killzone 3, amongst presumably a few others..
Still hyped over yesterday's phenomenal Dead Space 2 reveal? Yeah - us too
Well prepare to get stoked all over again - as EA's released a slew of artwork pertaining to the new horror release. You can check out the moody imagery courtesy of Kotaku.
IGN's pulled out their unitology scrolls and sat down to some serious work decoding the latest Dead Space 2 trailer
Hidden messages include "Reborn as one 614" - perhaps hinting at EA's E3 conference scheduled for June 14th. Less interesting are the words "Key", "Konverge" and "Altman", which tend to have no real meaning to speak of yet - though the name..
It might have leaked last night, but EA's just revealed the official trailer for the upcoming Dead Space 2, erm, officially
That's indeed correct folks, the video short, entitled "Dementia", features dead people, necromorphs and protagonist Isaac's actual face. Awesome. Let us know what you think.
If you wanted to know what Isaac Clarke looks like in Dead Space 2 then - voila
Now you know. Joystiq captured the shot of the now toughened-up protagonist via a Dead Space 2 trailer that somehow leaked onto YouTube a day early. The trailer is in fact due to go live officially today - so if you want to see it you should probably tune in to PushSquare today. We didn't see the trailer while it was..
It's awesome when a franchise becomes so big that it earns its own spin-off novel
Resident Evil has a whole line of novels dedicated to the escapades of Jill and Chris Valentine. And now Dead Space is about to get the same treatment. Written by B. K. Evenson, and published by Tor Books - Dead Space: Martyr follows the story of Michael Altman, the geophysicist who first discovers, erm, unusual..
Sometimes game demos can practically sell a game all on their own
Sometimes game demos can keep a game on the shelf. It's all a matter of doing it right. The original Dead Space did it wrong. It failed convey the ethos of the game, and subsequently put some people off. Executive producer at Visceral Games Steve Papoutsis is all to aware of that, and...
The crowd greet the 15-second snippet of Dead Space 2's gameplay with an "ooooooh-WHOA AWESOME", so it must be good, right? Duh
The footage shows protagonist Isaac Clarke making his way through a rickety train, before being forced to use some thrusters on his suit to make his way into the next compartment. The snippet's a little Iron Man, so it'll be interesting to see how Visceral Games maintain..
One of the best things about the original Dead Space were the moments when you died
Usually, it's extremely frustrating when you die in a video game because it's a condition of failure. But in Dead Space, you actually got a grotesque reward for your failure - a clever little cut-scene that varied depending on the enemy showing Isaac get dismembered and pulled to pieces. One for the sadists. With..
Perhaps corroborating rumours we heard earlier this month, Visceral Games has announced they are working on PSN titles alongside their big-box release Dead Space 2
Just like the packaged goods space and the big AAA space, comes down to quality and innovation and being able to bring something thats interesting to the gamer, Visceral Games'...
Kotaku are reporting this morning that two more entries in the Dead Space franchise are headed to the Playstation Network
Most interestingly so, one rumoured title is Dead Space: Extraction, last year's Wii shooter that sold all of five copies worldwide. A survey forwarded to the video games blog hints at the same "guided first-person...
Who would have thought? Visceral Games' Dante's Inferno will not be released in the Middle East
Probably the biggest shocker of the year, right?Electronic Arts has decided not to release Dantes Inferno in the Middle East after an evaluation process which is based on consumer tastes, preferences, platform mix and other factors, said a statement from EA.</blockquote> How about that..
We've no idea who came up with the idea of mixing Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" with a video game adaptation of Dante's Inferno, but bloody hell does it work
This is EA's much touted trailer for Dante's Inferno that will air during the Super Bowl. It's a stroke of marketing genius. Seriously, if anyone reading this came up with the advert, give yourself a pat on the back.
Australian gamers who already have their copies of Dante's Inferno have uncovered a trailer for an upcoming DLC pack for the game
The DLC, entitled "The Trials Of St. Lucia", will allow players to create there own player-based combat challenges and share them with friends — think LittleBigPlanet. The DLC will also add online co-op aswell...
EA are on assault with Dante's Inferno
In fact, they're about to promote their product on the Super Bowl, one of the US' biggest sporting events. Because this is such a big deal (an estimated $2.5million is being spent on each spot) EA's decided to release some screens from the advert. They're CGI. Interestingly, according to Kotaku the CBS are not too thrilled with the advertisement's tagline..
As much as we think Dante's Inferno looks to be a decent hack and slash title, we've always wondered why they're putting a God Of War inspired title up against well, the real thing
With Dante's Inferno due this week in Europe (next week in the US) and the real deal God Of War III coming just a month after that - it seems like commercial suicide right? EA think not, as they're planning to drop an..
It's a new month again, and that means more video game releases
In fact, February brings a whole host of anticipated Playstation 3 content, including Heavy Rain. But if you need something to tide you over until then, fear not, there's a decent amount of content to pick from this week. PushSquare's Playstation Pick Of The Week: Dante's Inferno So,...
You know what's big in retail these days? Collector's editions
Of bloody course. What else? So obviously, just post its announcement, EA are already considering options for a Dead Space 2 collector's edition. In fact, they've been on Facebook to purposely ask what you want. "I will have our Executive Producer Steve Papoutsis comment on some of your suggestions next week," reads the..
GameInformer has the first ever screenshot of Dead Space 2
And it's in 3D. Sorta. Head over to the GameInformer website to see what we mean. The image shows an angry Isaac Clarke moments away from punching a small, child-like, thing. Awesome.
We were reading on a forum recently one posters opinion that EA have the most to prove to the Playstation crowd with Dante's Inferno
We kinda shrugged it off at the time, but the more we think about it, the more it makes sense. Dante's Inferno is a character action game with its formula largely borrowed from God Of War — arguably one of Sony's biggest releases since Gran Turismo 3. The game..
RelyOnHorror's posted up an absolute wealth of information regarding EA's upcoming Dead Space 2 from an early subscriber's issue of GameInformer
We don't want to delve into too much detail (buy the magazine!), but we'll tell you a few tid-bits. Firstly, the game is set three years after the original on a massive space station named Sprawl. According to the magazine, EA intend to push the horror..
We really are scraping the barrel for Dead Space news these days
It's just, we want to see Dead Space 2 now. Like, right now. But, we can't. So we'll have to make do with these little teaser images that are floating about the net. You saw the image of a new Isaac yesterday; how about a look at the franchise's mystical "marker." Fascinating.
A teaser for the next issue of GameInformer magazine has shown off a more badass looking Isaac Clarke
The magazine will be among the first to detail EA's upcoming horror sequel, Dead Space 2, and it certainly looks like the game's protagonist has come a long way since his wary everyman persona in the original game. Remember, if you want to know more about the game, buy the magazines (Official..
The best thing about Dead Space was the wrought feeling of isolation
We're sure EA and Visceral Games are totally aware of that. Still, the EA studio are hiring a Senior Online Level Designer for the Dead Space franchise on Xbox 360 and PS3. So, what happens when you take the isolated corridors of Dead Space and put them online with other loud mouthed idiots. You lose the isolation. But then,..
Savour this moment fellow PushSquarians (for which you will be henceforth known): EA has just confirmed that Dead Space 2 is coming
Like, it's a real thing. We've kinda known that it may exist for a long, long time. But you can't beat those consoling words of confirmation. According to EA, Isaac's going to be "taking the fight to the necromorphs" in the latest installment of Dead Space,..
This quaint little image sent out on the official Dead Space Twitter may just look like a jumble of ink-blots but it is in fact a collage of Necromorph silhouettes, presumably teasing the announcement of Dead Space 2
The eagle-eyed amongst you will spot a leaper, lurker, slasher and, the marker. Fans of the first game will know exactly what we're on about. The game's due to be unveiled in an..
Rejoice Playstation 3 fans - you're totally going to get the Dante's Inferno demo on December 10th, a whole 14 days (or two weeks) earlier than your XBOX 360 owning brethren
The demo is entitled "Gates Of Hell" and probably involves gates made of fire or something. If you're curious about the game, may we suggest trying God Of War checking out the demo.
The latest issue of Official Playstation Magazine (UK) seems to hint at a big Dead Space 2 reveal
The tease page for the next issue teases a "big sequel" with some original Dead Space concept artwork hidden on the page. It doesn't really take a genius now does it? Of course, it's likely Geoff Keighley's VGA awards might beat OPM to the punch, but it still should be an interesting read..
Visceral Games' God Of War inspired Dante's Inferno will not see the light of day until February
It will however, get a demo as soon as next month. The demo, entitled "The Gates Of Hell", will allow players to traverse an entire level, taking them from the Earth's surface to a showdown with Death himself. Gam'es hardcore, yo.
Word coming out of Reuters is that EA's Dead Space 2 is deep in development for release in 2010
The news confirms original suspicions we posted about earlier in the year. The publication also noted that Resident Evil 5 has sold over 1.94 copies to date in the US since its release earlier in the year.
Do you ever find yourself holding a baby and then recalling that passage from Macbeth where the Lady states strongly, "I have given suck, and know // How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, // Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, // And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this
" Thank God we're not the only ones..
A recent press release from Visceral Games has revealed that the Academy Award nominated Will Rokos - who achieved the accolade for penning Monster's Ball - is writing the script behind their upcoming retelling of 14th century literature, Dante's Inferno
Dante's Inferno will take the player through the nine circles of Hell in a God Of War-esque set-piece focused
It's not quite official. But we've no reason to not believe it. Joystiq have discovered via a Linked.In job listing that, "The previous installment in the Dead Space franchise received numerous awards ... and the same core team is in place to create an even better follow up." According to the job listing, Dead Space 2 is "in the later stages of pre-production, ready for..
EA announced at their press conference today that their retelling of the classic Dante's Inferno would release on February 12th in Europe and the 9th in the USA
We still can't shake that feeling that it looks too much like God Of War mind.
A live action Dead Space movie is on the horizon according to Variety
They claim that D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Y: The Last Man) has been signed up for directing duties while EA and Temple Hill producers (Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey) search for a writer. It'll be a while before cameras start rolling but it certainly seems like the cogs are in some serious motion. Expect a Dead Space movie within the..
According to a report conducted by Variety, there is not just one more Dead Space game on the way, but two
They claim that, "EA launched [Dead Space] in 2008 and is working on the second and third installments". Given the source we suspect that there's a possibility of some inaccuracy in this quote but given EA's insistence towards making Dead Space a mega franchise, we wouldn't be..
Here's some footage from a bossfight with King Minos in EA's upcoming Dante's Inferno
Despite looking like a genuinely excellent boss fight (the animation on that big thing is exquisite), we couldn't shake off numerous references to God Of War. Firstly the whole premise of the giant boss fight setup is straight out of Sony's epic, but we'll let EA have that seeing as we love giant bosses. No, we're..
Visceral Games have released via GameTrailers this exclusive gameplay trailer of their upcoming horror-action romp Dante's Inferno
We know it's just a trailer - and there was no age gate on it for that matter - but we expected something much more twisted from the game. At the moment it just seems like a God Of War clone. Hopefully the fiction gets more twisted away from the trailer.
Visceral Games - formerly known as EA Redwood Shores - have confirmed they are "not ready" to talk about Dead Space 2 at the moment, and are instead focusing their energy on the Wii's Dead Space Extraction and upcoming PS3 action-adventure title Dante's Inferno
These two games are the games were really focusing on. One of the reasons we changed the [studio's] name [to Visceral] is to go,..
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