Is Dead Space coming back? It’s hard to tell. Here’s what we know so far: The rumor mill is running at full speed, following the alleged reports about EA announcing the revival of a fan-favorite series at their upcoming EA Play Live event in July. The rumor mill was jump-started by a comment made by GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb, saying that “we’re going to see it… if we’re not dead first.”
As reported by IGN, Grubb first teased that EA Motive was working on an “established IP” in his Game Mess stream on March 5. This information was later confirmed in Grubb’s subsequent stream, announcing the big reveal will happen on July 22 at EA Live Play, which should also reveal another Battlefield 2042’s mysterious gameplay mode. Naturally, speculation immediately followed as to which franchise might get a second chance at life, with many latching onto Grubb saying “if we’re not dead first” – leading many to believe that this means the revival of the Dead Space franchise.
Grubb also didn’t miss the chance to playfully tease the fandom’s guesses on Twitter, posting a screenshot image of an Ape Creature from the Black & White 2 video game – another long-dormant but universally acclaimed EA franchise.
Bits of Grubb’s information correlate with EA Motive’s release of Star Wars Squadrons, its first major in-house developed video game. Subsequently, EA Motive confirmed that their next project won’t be another Star Wars game but rather “something special.” Dead Space, perhaps?
It’s entirely possible that the Dead Space fandom is looking in the wrong direction altogether and that EA has plans for some other game. The aforementioned Black & White franchise was a highly-awarded critical and commercial success, definitely worth of a remake. But suppose EA is really bringing back the beloved franchise. In that case, it’s likely to take the form of a Dead Space remaster, or perhaps a collection containing the original trilogy of the franchise, enhanced and improved for modern gaming systems. It’s worth noting that the company already did something similar not so long ago when they revived the original Mass Effect games by condensing them into a recently released Mass Effect Legendary Edition.
Alternatively, the fans of the Dead Space franchise might get a full-blown sequel announced at the upcoming event, which would undoubtedly steal the spotlight from the recently released Battlefield 2042. The original game is a 2008 debut entry in the critically acclaimed Dead Space franchise. Its narrative was set on a mining spaceship overrun by deadly monsters called Necromorphs, and you, as a player, have to survive and escape the ship. Dead Space earned critical acclaim upon its release, with many praising it for its innovative gameplay design, winning several awards, and spawning a direct sequel Dead Space 2 released in 2011, and a slightly disappointing third installment released in March 2013.
We strongly advise the fandom to take this information with a grain of salt as we wait for the official announcement and reveal on June 22 at EA Live Play. If nothing comes of a Dead Space remake/sequel, EA Live Play still offers an exciting line-up of titles, making the event still worth watching for the fans of EA’s games.