The executive vice president of Electronic Arts has refused to rule out a return for the Dead Space franchise.
Speaking during an interview with Polygon, Patrick Soderlund said that if the sci-fi horror series were to make a return, EA would have to reinvent the brand for the new generation of hardware.
"Do I think that we will create a Dead Space game again? Yes, I think so," said Soderlund. "But when we do so, we have to think about what made the previous ones successful and how we go about envisioning Dead Space for a new generation.
"Now, I'm not announcing a Dead Space game. We're not building one just to be very clear, but I'm saying is there an opportunity or possibility to do one in the future? Absolutely."
“To the largest extent we can, we want to get the game teams to work on the things they want to work on themselves," he added. "There's an incredible amount of enthusiasm over Hardline and the Star Wars game at Visceral."
Soderlund said in June last year that the series wasn't dead, though said a fourth game wasn't currently in development. Later that year, EA's Frank Gibeau reiterated that EA still 'has faith' in the brand.
Dead Space launched to critical acclaim in 2008, and spawned a sequel, Dead Space 2, in early 2011 that proved equally as successful. However, with Dead Space 3, the series took on a more action-oriented path with the introduction of co-op and microtransactions, which didn’t sit too well with fans or PSU for that matter.
As such, the game didn’t fare as well with critics and word has it that the game failed to meet sales expectations at EA.