It had co-op and cover-based shooting, but Electronic Arts' flailing attempts to make Dead Space 3 "appeal to a wider audience" apparently failed. Visceral's latest game now joins Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution and Resident Evil 6 as the newest mainstream game to have failed its masters.
Before you start feeling too justified about Dead Space 3's failure in spite of "dumbing down," it'll be interesting to see whether the game's microtransactions were considered a success instead. If so, it'll be a very clear indication of where the industry is going -- as original sales fall short of the mark, publishers are sure to try and make back their money simply by pumping more cash out of the buyers.
Sadly, it's looking likely that this is where these "failures" are leading us. Ironically, the people who are still supporting these games are retail are going to be expected to pick up the tab for the games' disappointing sales as well.
Of course, that all hinges on whether or not Dead Space 3's money-grubbing plans actually worked. We'll have to wait and find out.
EA earnings call transcript [Seeking Alpha via Videogamer]
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