The wait is finally over for fans of the Dead Space series. Electronic Arts has announced that a remake of the classic 2008 survival horror game, Dead Space, is set to be released on January 27th, 2023. Developed by Motive Studio and published by EA, the game will be available on PlayStation 5, Windows, and Xbox Series X/S.
The game will retain the same basic plot as the original, which follows engineer Isaac Clarke, a crewman on a repair vessel assigned to the USG Ishimura, a massive planetary mining ship that has gone silent. After investigating a distress call sent by the ship’s medical officer Nicole Brennan (Isaac’s girlfriend), the vessel’s crew is attacked by mutated human corpses. Isaac is then forced to fend for himself as he tries to save his surviving crewmates and uncover the truth behind the loss of Ishimura.
The development of the game is being done using EA’s proprietary Frostbite engine, which was previously used to develop Star Wars: Squadrons and the single-player campaign of Star Wars Battlefront II. The game will feature redesigned assets, character models, and environments, and the developers intend to take advantage of SSDs on the ninth generation of consoles to present the game as an “uninterrupted sequence shot” without loading screens. Additionally, content that was removed from the original game due to technical constraints may be added.
The art director for the game, Mike Yazijan, previously worked as art director at EA Montreal, assisting Visceral Games in developing Dead Space 2. The original Dead Space was noted for its audio design, and the team is working to stay true to the original atmosphere while also improving and modifying it where necessary. The original musical score by Jason Graves was retained, with new musical elements and cues composed by Trevor Gureckis.
The game was announced at EA’s Play Live event on July 22, 2021, and was accompanied by a teaser trailer. A gameplay trailer was released on October 4, 2022, which revealed the game’s release date to be January 27, 2023. The game went gold on December 15, 2022.
In contrast to Dead Space 3, the remake will not feature any microtransactions, which resulted in a negative reception for the original game. Gunner Wright will be reprising his role as Isaac Clarke, who will be fully voiced like his appearances in Dead Space 2 and Dead Space 3. Tanya Clarke is also reprising her role as Nicole Brennan from Dead Space 2.
In conclusion, Dead Space is a highly anticipated game that promises to bring back the horror and intensity of the original game. With improved graphics, a revised script, and the absence of microtransactions, the game is set to be a true return to form for the series. Get ready to experience the fear and tension of the Ishimura once again on January 27th, 2023.