Some say the niche survival/horror genre is dying, others say it's evolving. But either way, developer Visceral Games isn't interested in specifically categorizing their upcoming title as "survival/horror."
During a roundtable discussion in which PSXE participated, Dead Space 3 executive producer Steve Papoutsis was immediately asked if he thought their title would qualify as survival/horror, and what he'd say to people who thought the game had too much action. Steve's response:
"I don't like to categorize Dead Space as survival/horror. I just think of it as a Dead Space game and so you need immersion, tension, a great atmosphere and great sound, and yes, action. If you have all these things, you have a Dead Space game."
I asked him if those who opt to play the game by themselves – without having a buddy for your partner – would detract from the experience. In other words, to put it bluntly, would it even be worth it to play the game all by your lonesome without taking advantage of the much-publicized co-op feature? Steve's reply:
"For players who are familiar with previous games, Dead Space 3 will absolutely deliver on the single-player. If that's a concern for anyone, they should just get out there and try it. In terms of people thinking they're missing out on the story, the only thing you'll really miss is Carver's perspective. If you elect to not play co-op, you just miss Carver's elements. But the game doesn't change because of the co-op; it's not like there's a different ending if you play it by yourself. It really comes down to a person-to-person basis as to how they feel about the co-op."
Tomorrow, we'll tell you how Papoutsis responded to the concept that "fans want change, but they don't want change."
Related Game(s): Dead Space 3