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Dead Space: Steve Papoutsis’ Statements Give Hope for Franchise Return

The return of the Dead Space franchise is still likely years away. However, some recent statements made by franchise developer and general manager of Visceral Games, Steve Papoutsis, to PlayStation Lifestyle, show that there is still interest to continue the franchise later on. Currently, the franchise is in a bit of an uncertain franchise of hibernation. However, some satisfaction can be found in Papoutsis’ words. Dead Space is currently inactive, but it could still be revisited in the future. With a little energon and a lot of luck, Dead Space should make a glorious return for the new generation of consoles in the coming years.

Dead Space 3 left the story and main characters in a very uncertain place. Everything is in a dire and perilous state. The Markers and the Necromorphs are a more dangerous threat than ever, and it seems like there is almost nothing that can stop them. From the outside, it looks like the writers have written the entire story into a corner. On the other hand, it would interesting to see how the characters could get out of this jam. If there is a resolution to this seemingly eternal conflict, it would be great to see what the ultimate endgame is for the Markers, Necromorphs and Isaac Clarke.

In the aforementioned interview, Papoutsis said: “Many, many people here at Visceral have a warm spot in their heart for ‘Dead Space,’ and right now we’re busy with ‘Hardline’ and… other things…; but it’s definitely something we’d love to look at again.” Clearly, the Visceral Games team has a lot invested in the Dead Space franchise. Visceral wants to bring see this story to its ultimate conclusion  just as I do. The only problem with Papoutsis’ statement is that Visceral is pretty stacked at the moment. The developer is launching Battlefield Hardline this week. In addition, there is also a new Star Wars video game in the works. In short, there will not be another Dead Space game from Visceral for at least several years.

Did Dead Space 3 have its flaws? Yes. At the same time, in my opinion, some critics and fans were overly harsh in their assessment of the title.  At least for Visceral, Dead Space may be gone for now, but it is far from forgotten. Much like the Necromorphs, Dead Space is a franchise that is hard to kill. Hopefully, when players least expect it, Dead Space will surprise fans with a new edition of the franchise.


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