UPDATE 2 – 5/3/2013 18:10pm
Dead Space 4 Cancellation And Visceral Montreal Closure Rumours “Not True” Say EA
Following the report from VideoGamer’s source saying that EA had cancelled Dead Space 4 and had in turn, killed the Dead Space franchise as well as having closed Visceral Montreal, EA told IGN that the reports of Dead Space 4’s cancellation and Visceral Montreal having closed down are “flat-out not true.”
However, EA hasn’t commented on whether Visceral Montreal was working on Dead Space 4.
UPDATE – 5/3/2013 17:44pm
Dead Space Still An “Important IP” For EA
Following a report from VideoGamer suggesting that EA had cancelled the Dead Space franchise by shutting down production of Dead Space 4, EA has responded by saying that the series is still an “important” property for the publisher.
EA told CVG that “While we have not announced sales for Dead Space 3, we are proud of the game and the franchise remains and important IP to EA.” Despite this statement, it doesn’t rebuke the rumour that the fourth instalment in the franchise, which was said to have entered pre-production under Visceral Montreal.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW
EA has cancelled the next entry in the Dead Space franchise after the lower than expected sales of Dead Space 3, the latest game in the series.
A source close to VideoGamer.com who requested not to be named revealed that Dead Space 4 was already in pre-production when EA closed down the franchise. A small team at Visceral Montreal was reported to have started development on prototypes for Dead Space 4.
Due to the poor sales of Dead Space 3, released last month, EA saw no future for the project as a viable source of income and had sent executives to Montreal to spread the word of the cancellation of the project. The same source also claimed that the same executives have already announced restructuring plans for the company namely the reported closure of Visceral Montreal as a result.
Last year, it emerged that EA had set a bar of 5 million units of Dead Space 3 to be sold so ensure the franchises survival. This was a target seen by most as excessive for most franchises to compete with, exceptions notwithstanding. At the same time, it was also revealed that EA was pushing Visceral to drop the horror heavy aspect and instead focus on an action oriented Dead Space.
EA’s Frank Gibeau at the time had told CVG that the decision to have Dead Space 3 as an action/third person shooter was down to making the series a “more broadly appealing franchise”. Gibeau also added that for a franchise such as Dead Space to survive, “you need to get audiences of around five million to really continue to invest in an IP like Dead Space.”
However, despite the reasoning for the franchises closure, neither retail or digital figures for Dead Space 3 have been revealed. However, signs of the games performance were becoming evident as the it feel further down the the charts. The game sits below some of the competition such as Far Cry 3 and Call of Duty Black Ops II.
The same source gave details that EA had come very close to cancelling Dead Space 3 and that the games funding had been cut various times over the course of production.
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