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

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.

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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?

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24 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

  5. 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.

    • 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.

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

  7. 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!

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

    • I doubt it. The free press is priceless.

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

  10. 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?

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