At the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, EA’s CEO, John Riccitiello, announced that he feels the Dead Space series isn’t quite a growing franchise yet. Only when Dead Space 3 hits the market will that happen. That’s right fans, number 3, not 2.
“Right now we’ve got strong, growing franchises including Madden, FIFA, Need for Speed, Medal of Honor and Battlefield – I include them as one because we’re unlikely to ship them in any one year at the same time. There’s also Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and the one that’s sort of not proven that’s coming later in our fiscal year, Star Wars: The Old Republic. That excludes Dead Space because I think it will probably take Dead Space 3 before we get into that five million unit cadence versus say three, four,” Riccitiello announced.
Now is he saying that Dead Space 3 is coming out because he knows that Visceral is hard at work on the sequel or because he played Dead Space 2 and saw the ending? Either way, it would be hard to imagine the Dead Space series not continuing and not just because of the Dead Space 2 ending. Visceral has a graphic novel, 2 animated films, and multiple side story based Dead Space games. If that doesn’t indicate that the Dead Space series is evolving into a franchise…I don’t know what is. Hopefully in the future we can get a more concrete announcement.