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EA Say Dead Space 3's Respawning Item Glitch Isn't A Glitch

No plans to patch it out.

The respawning item glitch in EA’s Dead Space 3 (released on Friday the 8th) isn’t a glitch at all, say EA, with the publisher adding that they have no intentions of patching it out.

There’s a section in mission 8 that features a randomly rotating resource each time to enter a door – you can read more about it here – and by repeatedly picking up the items you can increase your valuable resource levels without scavenging or buying the packs.

However, despite it looking like a glitch, EA have said otherwise.

“The resource-earning mechanic in Dead Space 3 is not a glitch,” claims EA representative Jino Talens. “We have no plans to issue a patch to change this aspect of the game. We encourage players to explore the game and discover the areas where resources respawn for free.”

The BBC reported, by way of an “intellectual property expert” that gamers using this method of ‘farming’ could be theft. “Arguably if you go into this game knowing you are supposed to be paying for these weapons and you notice a glitch allows you to accumulate them without paying, that’s theft as well,” said a spokesperson at solicitors Lupton, Fawcett, Lee & Priestley.

The report also throws around words like “ethical”. It’s an odd read.

“We’ve deliberately designed Dead Space 3 to allow players to harvest resources by playing through the game. For those that wish to accumulate upgrades instantly, we have enabled an optional system for them to buy the resources at a minimal cost ($1-$3).”

This is a smart response from EA. Whilst resources are plentiful on the lower levels, those playing on the higher difficulty modes may well want to take advantage of the respawning item. After all, if it’s not a glitch, it’s not a cheat. Right?

To read what we think of Dead Space 3, click here.

  1. Youles
    Since: Feb 2011

    I find the thought of “theft” amusing, never mind we’ve paid £40 for the game, lol.

    Perhaps this is EA back-tracking, seems odd (but good) that they would leave it like this.

    Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 08:02.
  2. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    I hope everyone abused this as much as possible and “steals” as much as they possibly can from EA since they allowed someone to steal my enture FUT squad through a hack and have refused to do anything about it.

    Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 08:25.
  3. hazelam
    Since: Feb 2009

    well, that bbc report is pretty much rendered invalid if ea say it’s not a glitch.

    and even if ea said it was just a glitch, you’re supposed to be able to get those resources in game anyway, just not as quickly, so it’s not stealing, it’s just more efficient. ^_^

    and ea say they won’t patch this out?
    i take that to mean, there won’t be a patch just for this issue, but don’t be surprised if it quietly disappears when the next regular patch goes out.

    Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 08:53.
  4. ron_mcphatty
    Since: Sep 2008

    Wow, that BBC report is truly the pinnacle of Daily Mail trash journalism. It’s heroically wrong for starters, claiming EA had ‘no comment’ about the bug. EA did, you wankers. And it’s f***ing ridiculous to suggest that cheating in a game is actually theft, what planet are these people living on? It’s a survival horror game in space with demonic zombies, there shouldn’t be any f***ing shops open in the first place!

    Ahem, sorry, rant nearly over. I’d plead entrapment.

    Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 09:33.
    • Origami Killer
      Since: May 2010

      Was reading that article yesterday on the BBC, utter trash! To claim it as theft is a joke!

      Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 11:20.
    • Avenger
      Since: Oct 2012

      Indeed, twas absolute bullshit as no one can possibly know a glitch from something that is pre-designed. Also there are factors of misrepresentation, if I get game on PSN free because it glitched, free means free, and therefore I get the game and it is their fault.

      In actual fact, it’s just f****** w****** b******* bloody propaganda. what twats.

      OK, I’m calm now.

      Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 11:53.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Yep, the BBC article is absolutely disgustingly pitched. If it wasn’t for the sheer amount of Dead Space 3 stuff on the site I’d write a rebuttal.

        Utterly ridiculous ‘reporting’ there from a source that’s meant to be free of bias.

        Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 13:54.
  5. BrendanCalls
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
    Since: Forever

    Haha!! There’s no way this was t a glitch. EA just trying to make this a PR win instead of an embarrassment.
    Although, it is nice to know that if I were to buy this game, (which I won’t because EA have bastardised it and Visceral have let them), I won’t be going to spend a few night at her majesty’s pleasure.

    Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 09:46.
    • quinkill
      Since: Oct 2010

      I feel the same way, but I just rented it instead of buying. You’re not missing much in solo, but the co-op is well worth checking out.

      Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 12:08.
  6. justboy
    Since: Jul 2010

    When is a glitch not a glitch?
    When Jino says so, that’s when.

    Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 10:26.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      PR gotta PR.

      Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 13:54.
  7. quinkill
    Since: Oct 2010

    Fair enough. This is an unusually great response from EA. WTF BBC? Why you let people talk s**t on TV; is it just me or is this lair (lawyer) blatantly calling out gamers as criminals? Way to alienate consumers of the most popular form of entertainment!

    Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 12:06.
  8. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Clever work by EA’s PR to spin this into “not a glitch”, but I bet someone at Visceral is getting a bollocking.

    Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 13:00.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      I doubt it. The free press is priceless.

      Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 13:55.
  9. CdmanJak
    Since: Jun 2009

    lol after finishing the game i have a ridiculous amout of resources the microtransactions are pointless

    Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 13:05.
  10. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Meanwhile at EA, someone has woken up with a horse’s head in their bed and a threatening note from EA. I need to stop making that joke.

    That is a smart response from EA as i was expecting them to be their typical self about it and have it patched. But what on earth is the BBC on about? Theft? Ethical? Mister flibbles? How is getting something in the game that is meant to be used in the game, theft? First off, it’s a Survival Horror game so naturally, you will take advantage of anything and everything to stay alive. And that is piss poor from the BBC as i expect the Daily rags to do that whilst claiming it causes cancer and other bullcrap.

    Does this mean every exploit that has been taken advantage of is theft? No it doesn’t. If a PC gamer uses the console to give themselves more stuff in a game, is that theft? No it is not.

    What’s next? Killing someone in a game is actually training you… oh bugger, they’ve already done that. Erm.. stomping on turtles in Mario will turn you into a fat plumber?

    Comment posted on 10/02/2013 at 13:44.

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