Despite proving popular critically, EA’s in-development Dead Space 4 has been canned, with developers Visceral being disbanded. That’s according to VideoGamer this morning who say that the cancellation was down to Dead Space 3’s less than anticipated sales.
The game’s first week sales were down over 25% in the UK compared with Dead Space 2.
The site claims that a fourth game was in development – no surprise after 3’s ending – “with a small team at Visceral Montreal allegedly tasked with developing prototypes and mock-ups for the title, and collaborating on ideas for the game’s narrative.”
It sounds like, from the report at least, that staff at Visceral were informed of the decision last month.
The same source claims that the third game was”almost cancelled partway through its development” and was the subject of “continuous cuts made to its budget throughout production.”
“Weapon-specific ammo was allegedly switched for generic ammo late in development, too,” the report continues, “as a method for shoehorning in the game’s controversial micro-transactions.”
EA declined to comment when we presented the rumours this morning.
You can read what we think of Dead Space 3 here.