Last week, we heard that Electronic Arts will be rebooting the Dead Space series via its Motive Studios. Reports at the time indicated that the new game will be a reimagining of the series rather than a sequel. A more detailed report about the game has since been published, courtesy of GamesBeat.
The new report states that Motive Studios is taking notes from Capcom. More specifically, its Resident Evil series starting with the Resident Evil 2 Remake. Motive will use the original Dead Space as a strong foundation, while adding modern visuals and mechanics from later entries in the series. In other words, the reboot will come via a remake of the original game.
GamesBeat goes as far as to say that the Resident Evil 2 Remake, and its success, is the motivating factor behind the Dead Space remake. The report states that “while EA has let its horror franchise wither, the Resident Evil series is larger than ever.” And Resident Evil 2 Remake provides an easy blueprint to follow. The report also mentions the publishers latest success in the single-player realm, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, as another reason behind the Dead Space reboot.
For now, all signs seem to point to the Dead Space remake being a good single-player title the way the original was. It has Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 Remake as an example to follow. That and EA has Fallen Order to affirm the commercial success of single-player games.
But let’s not forget that Dead Space 3 became the game that it was because the publisher wanted a niche horror series to go mainstream. Let’s especially not forget that it set itself to fail with ridiculous expectations like needing five million sales to be considered a success.