Dead Space 3 is the black sheep of the storied survival horror franchise, mainly because it instead focused on being a cooperative third-person shooter. It was scary for mostly unintended reasons, but in a revealing interview, and with the context of the successful Dead Space remake released earlier this year, writer and co-producer Chuck Beaver mused he would "redo Dead Space 3 almost completely" if given a second chance.
Beaver appeared on the CaptainBribo podcast (thanks, PCGamesN) and explained that while he likes the broad strokes of the setting and circumstance, he'd want to redo the whole story to focus on a "broken Isaac". Co-op would remain, but the action would be stripped back, with each player experiencing their own version of the spooks, which sounds quite cool.
"Now, in this [Dead Space] remake territory, I would redo Dead Space 3 almost completely, but I would keep the lore beat it’s predicated on, keep the lore you find out, and I would have Ellie there but in a different relationship [with Isaac] and redo the entire main story."
CaptainBribo and Beaver acknowledge this wish is a speculative one, as it does seem like the remade Dead Space is headed in a different direction. Beaver describes where, ultimately, Dead Space 3 went wrong and said, "The plan [with Dead Space 3] was that we’d expand into other gameplay genres. All those bits together not only didn’t generate a new audience, they lost the old audience. We weren’t allowed to make a horror game from the beginning.”