It was initially reported that after lower-than-expected sales of Dead Space 3 , EA had halted the franchise.
But in a recent Eurogamer interview with EA Games Label boss Patrick Soderlund, the publisher has confirmed that they haven't entirely ditched the relatively popular IP:
"I wouldn't say it's [Dead Space franchise] cancelled at all. Dead Space remains a brand that is close to Electronic Arts' heart. It's been a great brand for us done by a very passionate team."
However, he did add that there isn't a new Dead Space currently in the works, and that developer Visceral is instead "working on something else very exciting." He said EA's goal is put the best possible titles on the market, and the first step is to have a talented team of developers that can deliver the goods on a consistent basis.
"I am of the utmost opinion that we have to put the best possible games in the hands of our fans. How you get to a great game, the first thing you need is a great development team that have a passion for building what they're building. That's a simple parameter. Everything else follows. Money, time, everything else follows. It's less relevant. That's ultimately how you get success. It's as simple as that."
He says he doesn't know if there will ever be a Dead Space 4 , but they certainly haven't killed the series. This sorta reminds us of what EA said after Mirror's Edge debuted to relative critical success in 2008. It didn't sell quite as well as EA hoped so a sequel wasn't immediately in the works, but they always said they hadn't abandoned the IP. And now, some years later, we learn about the new ME effort for the next generation.
Therefore, maybe Dead Space will indeed return in time as well.