Prior to the release of Dead Space 3, EA did mention that the future of Dead Space 4 depended on how good the third installment sold.
Now according to a source “familiar with the unannounced project,” a new Dead Space title was indeed in pre-production at Visceral Games but it has now been scrapped by EA following poor sales of Dead Space 3.
If the rumor is true then we can very well say our farewells to the the survival horror franchise. Perhaps in the future EA might see it fit to begin development of Dead Space 4 again.
To make matters worse EA has also confirmed that Visceral Montreal has been hit by a high amount of layoffs during the company-wide restructuring. It is now rumored that the studio has shut down entirely.
Frank Gibeau, EA Labels president said last year that Dead Space 3 needs to sell more than five million units for the team to move forward.
In general we’re thinking about how we make this a more broadly appealing franchise, because ultimately you need to get to audience sizes of around five million to really continue to invest in an IP like Dead Space.
Anything less than that and it becomes quite difficult financially given how expensive it is to make games and market them. We feel good about that growth but we have to be very paranoid about making sure we don’t change the experience so much that we lose the fanbase.