It's the announcement we've all been waiting for (ie, we've all known about for ages). Today, Electronic Arts and Visceral Games have officially announced Dead Space 2 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Isaac Clarke returns once again to fend off the Necromorph horde in a story that will apparently see him "call the shots" from now on.
New weapons, a "huge cast of twisted, disgusting monsters" and plenty of plot twists are all being promised, as is the return of Zero-G environmental chicanery and, of course, Isaac's trusty limb-shredding plasma cutter. All good stuff, I think you'll agree.
No release date yet, of course, but it's fairly safe to say we'll be tearing Necromorph heads off again in the latter half of 2010. For now, hit the jump for the official press release. All that remains is the question -- are your pants suitably clean enough for more sh*t-your-pants space slaughter?
Guildford, UK – December 7, 2009 – Visceral Games, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio announced today that the award-winning Dead Space™ franchise will continue to frighten gamers with its stunning sequel, Dead Space 2. Isaac Clarke returns for another heart-pounding adventure, taking the fight to the Necromorphs in this thrilling action-horror experience. New tools to gruesomely slice and dismember the Necromorphs complement Isaac's signature plasma cutter, empowering him as he meets new characters, explores epic zero-G environments, and fights against a relentless Necromorph onslaught. Survival isn't the only thing on Isaac's mind in Dead Space 2 – this time, he calls the shots.
“Like so many gamers worldwide, we love the Dead Space franchise and are very excited to announce a new game in the series,” said Nick Earl, Senior VP and Group General Manager at EA. “Visceral Games is quickly becoming known for delivering high-quality, action-packed games. Dead Space 2 is on target to deliver a jaw-dropping experience gamers won’t soon forget.”
“We’re thrilled to jump back into the series, making the next chapter in Isaac’s journey,” added Steve Papoutsis, Executive Producer of Dead Space 2. “The infection continues to spread throughout space and our hero Isaac Clarke is the only person able to contain it. There are still loads of Necromorphs that need killing. In Dead Space 2, not everything is exactly as it seems. Expect plot twists that will surprise you and a huge cast of twisted, disgusting monsters that are sure to scare the daylights out of you.”
Originally launched in 2008, Dead Space quickly became one of EA’s top rated wholly-owned intellectual properties. With close to 100 industry awards and an average critic score of 89*, Dead Space became a hit with horror and videogame fans worldwide. In 2009, EA launched Dead Space Extraction for the Wii™, a prequel to the original Dead Space that expanded the fiction and brought the franchise to a new audience.
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*According to Gamerankings.com and Metacritic.com