Speaking to CVG, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau revealed that the company is aware that fans are concerned with the direction that Dead Space 3 seems to be taking, and has assured them that the game will contain plenty of horror-elements.
“We definitely do not want to piss off our fans by taking [Dead Space 3] too far from horror. What we’ve tried to do with each installment is tell a different story about Isaac but at the same time bring in new features and ways to turn the game into a more connected experience,”
“So we tried to open up the accessibility of the IP a little bit by adding a little bit more action, but not undermining the horror. We can’t not be a horror game because that’s what Dead Space is.”
“We listen to the fans and we hear them. We’re going to be releasing more assets over the coming months that show you how deep the horror is. It’s definitely not getting away from gore or horror, but at the same time it’s opening up to a larger audience by adding some elements.”
I’ve seen other footage from Dead Space 3 that does appear to be a bit more like what we were all assuming Dead Space 3 would play like, but I’m still skeptical of the game. The co-op demo shown on stage during E3 was full of cover-based shooting, and was about as far from horror as you can get. I have a hard time seeing how that long demo will jive with traditional Dead Space survival-horror gameplay that fans want.
Hopefully all those fears are misplaced but even if they are, it’s EA’s fault for making us have them in the first place.