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,...
There's always Peng
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...
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...
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..