Hot off the heels of the newly released Dead Space Official Gameplay Trailer, Montreal-based developer EA Motive has also unveiled full game details for the highly anticipated remake of the sci-fi survival horror classic.
While still remaining true to the original game, the upcoming Dead Space remake has been completely rebuilt from the ground up in the Frostbite game engine for the latest consoles and PC and offers enhanced audio and crisp, grisly visuals that have been carefully reimagined to maximize the levels of immersion and quality.
Dead Space puts players in the boots of Isaac Clarke, an everyman engineer on a routine mission to fix a vast mining starship, the USG Ishimura. But aboard the Ishimura, a living nightmare awaits. The ship’s crew has been slaughtered and infected, and Isaac’s girlfriend, Nicole, is missing somewhere on board.
Alone and trapped, with only his engineering tools and skills, Isaac faces a battle for survival – not only against terrifying monsters called Necromorphs but his own crumbling sanity.
In addition to an audio and visual overhaul, the remake also plans to surprise players as they navigate the Ishimura by adding new narrative elements. The Ishimura meanwhile aims to make players doubt their sanity as they navigate its dark hallways on a mission to uncover its secrets, while also fighting for survival against the monstrous Necromorphs that have infested the ship.
Key gameplay features:
- The Peeling System: Necromorphs, monstrosities unlike anything seen before, have been reconstructed around the new Peeling System, which introduces layered flesh, tendons and bones that break, tear and shatter in shocking new ways. And while strategy is key, players will also experience increased opportunities for creativity in how they utilize their variety of unique weapons and abilities to combat these horrifying enemies.
- The Intensity Director: Dead Space’s beautifully crafted, equally haunting world has long been easy for players to get lost in, but now players will truly feel the weight of every mysterious step Isaac takes. The new Intensity Director dynamically adjusts what shows up in Isaac’s path, from Necromorph spawns and how they choose to attack them, to environmental effects such as light, smoke, particles, and sound. Isaac’s heartbeat, breathing, and exertions also adjust based on his stress level to provide players direct feedback on his mental, emotional and physical state.
- An Enhanced Engineering Fantasy: Without weapons or backup, Isaac is forced to defend himself against the Necromorphs by leveraging high-tech mining tools to strategically dismember nightmarish creatures, solve puzzles on his thrilling journey and turn the Ishimura’s malfunctioning systems to his advantage. Originally a silent protagonist, players will now hear more from the beloved engineer via new narrative enrichments voiced by Gunner Wright, the original voice of Isaac in Dead Space 2 (2011) and Dead Space 3 (2013).
- A Fully Interconnected Ishimura: From the start screen to the end credits, players will confront the frighteningly tight corridors and shadowed hallways of the USG Ishimura without a single load screen or camera cut ever breaking the immersion. This enormous mining ship has been restored for the remake with new rooms, routes, and obstacles while permitting seamless exploration with new UI map controls and an improved locator.
Dead Space officially launches on January 27, 2023, and is now available to pre-order on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the EA App, Steam, and Epic Games Store.