You simply cannot afford to take a step back in today's ultra-competitive, cutthroat interactive entertainment industry, even if that step is a small one.
Dead Space 3 didn't exactly fall flat, but to many, it represented a departure from what made the first two entries so very special. And unfortunately, that departure – which also resulted in lower than anticipated review scores – may have doomed the award-winning franchise.
After the sales of Dead Space 3 failed to impress EA, it seems the publisher may have canned development on the next sequel. According to VideoGamer , Dead Space 4 was supposedly in pre-production at Visceral Games and Visceral Montreal, but the latter has been shuttered in a restructuring move. On top of which, a source close to the issue said EA reflected on the troubled development of Dead Space 3 , which suffered numerous budget cuts and was almost canceled at one time.
The game's perceived switch from mostly survival/horror to mostly third-person action shooter didn't go over well, either, and neither did the addition of microtransactions. We don't have up-to-date numbers on DS3 sales just yet, but EA has said in the past that their AAA productions need to sell in excess of 5 million copies if they want to survive. And that probably won't happen for the latest Dead Space .
Related Game(s): Dead Space 3