Electronic Arts has confirmed that the Dead Space series hasn’t been shelved, though did reveal a fourth entry in the sci-fi horror franchise isn’t currently in development.
“I wouldn’t say it’s [Dead Space franchise] cancelled at all,” EA’s Patrick Soderlund told Eurogamer.
"Dead Space remains a brand that is close to Electronic Arts' heart. It's been a great brand for us done by a very passionate team.
"Is that team working on a Dead Space game today? No they're not. They're working on something else very exciting. You have to think of it from that perspective. Is it better to put them on the fourth version of a game they've done three previous versions of before? Or is it better to put them on something new that they want to build, that they have passion for?
"I am of the utmost opinion that we have to put the best possible games in the hands of our fans. How you get to a great game, the first thing you need is a great development team that have a passion for building what they're building. That's a simple parameter. Everything else follows. Money, time, everything else follows. It's less relevant. That's ultimately how you get success. It's as simple as that."
The comments come in wake of a rumor posted by VideoGamer.com back in March, which claimed that Dead Space 4 – supposedly in pre-production at the time – had been cancelled following poor sales of Dead Space 3.
Furthermore, it reported that series developer Visceral Games had been shut down as a result of the decision.
Soderlund concluded: "Will there be another Dead Space game? Who knows? Have we killed it? No, of course not. But right now that dev team is focused on something else that you and other gamers will be very happy with."
Dead Space 3 was met with luke warm reviews from critics following a more action-focused direction in comparison to its predecessors.