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Dead Space remake: release date, news and rumors

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In space, no one can hear you scream, but the Dead Space remake announcement certainly tested this with fans letting out Necromorph-like screeches of joy. 

Developed exclusively for new-gen consoles, Dead Space is returning as a full remake, completely built from the ground up using the Frostbite game engine. Players can expect heightened levels of immersion, heart-stopping horror and a number of improvements to the 2008 original.

EA says that the new Dead Space will improve the game's story, characters and gameplay mechanics. We’re already learning about how it’ll do so through an ongoing series of developer deep-dives, which most recently focused on the game’s immersive environments and art.

So, years after we thought we’d seen the last of it, Dead Space is back and we hope it’ll be able to recapture the same magic that left players quaking in their space boots when they first stepped onto the abandoned USG Ishimura in 2008. Developer EA Motive revealed its release date back in May, so the time is ripe for a follow-up tease. While the studio did tell us to wait until October for further hefty reveals, it appears we won't even see anything smaller until then.

All the same, keep close to that airlock – we’re about to run through everything we know about the Dead Space remake so far.

Dead Space remake: cut to the chase 

  • What is it? A remake of 2008 survival horror Dead Space
  • When’s it out? January 27, 2023
  • What can I play it on? PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC

Dead Space remake: release date and platforms

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Dead Space remake will release on January 27, 2023 for PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC. 

The release date was confirmed during a May 2022 developer livestream (opens in new tab), with developer EA Motive stating that development was "progressing very well". It's here wjhere they confirmed that a further update can be expected sometime in October 2022, a few months prior to the game's release.

Dead Space remake trailers and videos

We’ve rounded up all the latest Dead Space remake trailers so you can watch them in one place. We’ll continue to add more trailers of the upcoming survival horror game below, so sit back, turn the lights down low, and get reacquainted with the world of Dead Space.

Crafting the Tension, art developer livestream

In a May 2022 development deep-dive, the EA Motive art team offered a look at the game's immersive environments, characters, visual effects. They also confirmed that the game's release date is to be January 27 2023, with a further look at the game expected in October 2022.

Weapon Sound Effects Comparison development video (Audio Deep-Dive Part 3)
This development video sees Technical Audio Artist Mike Dominiuk discussing the game's weapon sound design, including examples of updates to the Plasma Cutter and Pulse Rifle. "The goal is to bring the audio quality of the iconic weapons you know and love from the first Dead Space game up to a modern level," the video description reads. Check it out below: 

Audio Occlusion development video (Audio Deep-Dive Part 2)
The second part of EA Motive's Audio Deep-Dive video series focuses on the technical improvements made specifically to Dead Space's occlusion and obstruction audio effects. "This system aims to provide players with an unparalleled audio experience by creating a sense of realistic audio projection," the description reads. Check it out below:

The A.L.I.V.E. System development video (Audio Deep-Dive Part 1)
The first entry in Motive's Audio Deep-Dive video series sees Senior VO Designer Terry Calico discussing Dead Space remake's A.L.I.V.E. System, which controls Isaac’s heart rate, breathing, and dialogue. Check it out below:

The Sound of Fear Reimagined development video

In a March 2022 developer deep dive, members of the game's development team dug into how the team are updating the audio design for the Dead Space remake, with specific references to the A.L.I.V.E. System, audio occlusion and weapon sounds.

Early development prototype livestream
This video from August 2021 provides an early look at the development of the Dead Space remake and features developers Philippe Ducharme and Roman Campos-Oriola as well as community content creators Kahlief Adams and Jackie Butler. Check it out below:

Dead Space remake official teaser trailer
We got our first look at the Dead Space remake with a teaser trailer at EA Play Live 2021. You can check it out below.

Dead Space series gameplay and story

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The Dead Space remake aim to recreate the intense and unnerving third-person horror action that the series was renowned for. Claustrophobic and narrow space station corridors can potentially house all sorts of nasties, known as Necromorphs. Thankfully, the best way of stopping these sinewy fiends will still be by amputating their limbs with the Plasma Cutter (after peeling off their skin). Additional weaponry should keep these hostile creatures  at bay, too.

Another tool in Isaac’s arsenal is the environment itself. The Dead Space series has always encouraged players to use explosive canisters, airlocks, and other crude means to turn the tide against encroaching enemy creatures. Especially when you consider ammo is always scarce. Just don’t forget to drive your foot through the head of any fallen enemies, or risk them coming back to haunt you at a later date.

If you’re new to Dead Space, the premise is that Humanity has exhausted all of Earth’s natural resources, heading into space to find new materials. Researchers discover a mysterious alien artifact known as the Marker, a limitless source of energy that could solve Earth’s ongoing ecological crisis. Inevitably, things don’t go to plan, and you’re left fighting to survive in the dark reaches of space against hostile aliens.

In Dead Space, Isaac boards the USG Ishimura, only to make a horrific discovery. The ship's crew has been slaughtered by an alien scourge, and Isaac's partner Nicole is somewhere on board. Isaac has to rely on his engineering skills and tools to uncover exactly what has happened on the USG Ishimura, while clinging onto his own sanity.

Dead Space remake: new-gen improvements

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In an interview with IGN (opens in new tab), Motive Studio has outlined how the Dead Space remake will take full advantage of the PS5, Xbox Series X/S and latest PC hardware.

"In terms of visuals, sound, gameplay, everything, we are rebuilding all of these assets," said creative director Campos-Oriola. "We are not porting them, it's not uprezzing the texture or adding more polygons to the model. It's really rebuilding all these elements, shooting all the animations, et cetera."

Campos-Oriola also said that the Dead Space remake will utilize the super-fast SSD storage available on PS5 and Xbox Series, creating a seamless experience from start to finish.

"We want to make that immersion even deeper with a fully interactive experience, from the start screen to the end credits. We don't want anything to pull you out of the experience and we don't want any cuts,” Campos Oriola said. "[The faster SSDs should mean] there's not going to be any loading. There's not going to be any moment where we're going to cut your experience, where we're going to cut your camera. You can play it from the start screen to the end credits seamlessly."

But how else will the power of the PS5 and Xbox Series make Dead Space feel more immersive? Like any good horror game, audio will be significantly improved and Dead Space will include support for 3D audio.

"We wanted to use the sounds you're used to [in the original Dead Space] as well and improve those sounds, and improve this immersion so the sounds of the door that you're hearing, the sound of the health bar, the sound of the creatures... we're building on top of the original and recreating it, but [we] make sure it is true to the original and that we are honoring the legacy of the original game," said senior designer Phillipe Ducharme. 

Aside from 3D audio, the game’s overall audio design sounds like a new-gen advancement on the original, particularly its A.L.I.V.E system. As described in a March 2022 developer deep dive, this system “encompasses all components of Isaac's breathing and heart rate, vocal excursions, and dialogue influenced by a variety of driving gameplay features.“ 

Broken down, the A.L.I.V.E acronym stands for Adrenaline, Limbic System Response, Intelligent Dialog, Vitals, and Exertions. It builds on the effective sound design of the original to make protagonist Isaac sound more realistic. Players will find that being fatigued or in a low-health state can impact Isaac’s breathing and scripted dialogue, with delivery changed to better reflect his current state.

The new Dead Space also features evolved dismemberment mechanics, a famed feature of the original. In the original, players could slice off limbs of the various Necromorphs that Isaac encountered. In an August 2021 livestream, EA Motive explained how this combat pillar will become gorier and evolve further via a new technique called ‘peeling’ – which is exactly what it sounds like.

In the remake, you’ll need to peel back the flesh of Isaac’s sinewy adversaries and expose the bone before you can lop off a leg or flailing arm like some sort of deranged surgeon. The ‘dynamic flesh peeling system’ acts as a damage indicator for when you’re using weapons that don’t revolve around amputation, like the pulse rifle. So, it should be more obvious when you’re about to finish off your foe – handy with ammo being so scarce. 

It’s clear that peeling mechanic will impact how Dead Space plays. Campos-Oriola explained it should encourage players to use different weapons to get the job done. “For us what is interesting is this opens a whole new layer of shooting and combat loop, where you can have some weapons that are better at carving through the enemies and some that are better at cleaning them and removing their flesh.”

Dead Space remake: news and rumors

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Want to know the latest Dead Space news and updates? We’ve gathered up all the big details you need to be aware of below, as well as information on the team making the game.

Next update in October 2022

EA Motive are being pretty open with the Dead Space community over the progress of the game. In a May 2022 livestream covering the game's art development, the development team confirmed (opens in new tab) that there will be another update on the game’s development in October, around the time of Halloween. This is intended to be a gameplay reveal, coming only a few months before the now-confirmed January 2023 release date.

Dead Space remake will be designed with fan feedback in mind
In a move that's sure to please Dead Space fans, the team at Motive Studio has said that the community will be involved in actively helping guide the development process.

Speaking to IGN, senior producer of Dead Space Phillipe Ducharme said: "We don't want to be in siloed and create our own bubble of the game we're making. So from the conception, we've reached out to members of the community to create a community council to be a sounding board for what we were making. Making sure that if we're deciding to make a change, we want to be able to explain it and get told if, ‘No, what are you doing? What were you thinking? You're actually breaking the game, why are you changing this,'" Ducharme explained.

And it seems like the team has already benefited from this community-led approach.

"...we've received some extremely valid feedback from that group. We're trying to meet with them on a two, three-week basis to show them content and have that ongoing discussion. And they've had access, unfiltered access, to what we're making from a very early point in production,” Ducharme continued.

Having early feedback on the title will prove invaluable, according to Ducharme, who noted that fan feedback often comes when a game is almost done or already shipped. By striking up a constant dialog with fans, Ducharme believes the Dead Space remake will benefit greatly.

"Usually, when we receive feedback, the game is almost shipped or done and you're like, ‘Aw, I wish I knew that. I could have fixed this, what they're saying, that it's not good,’" Ducharme said.

Creative director Roman Campos-Oriola went on to say: "There's always that element of being a little scared of showing [your work], but like Phil said, what's really cool is you discover a thing that otherwise you might have discovered reading Reddit two weeks after launching the game," Campos-Oriola said. "But also it's really energizing for the team… because when you show something and you get feedback and good reactions on what you're doing, it gives you that energy to go, "’Okay, that's cool. Let's keep pushing that.’"

Dead Space remake won't include microtransactions
Developer Motive Studio has said that the Dead Space remake won't include microtransactions, a controversial aspect of Dead Space 3 which arguably led to the series' downfall.

Speaking to IGN (opens in new tab), senior producer of Dead Space Phillipe Ducharme said: "We're also learning from mistakes such as microtransactions, which we will not have, for instance, in our game,” and reiterated that the team “never” has plans to introduce microtransactions in any way to the remake.

It's encouraging to see that EA is stepping back from its past trend of stuffing microtransactions into its games, something which Star Wars Battlefront 2 was heavily criticized for upon release.

Play the Dead Space series today

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New to Dead Space and can't wait for the remake to release? You can play the entire series on EA Play, which is included as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Dead Space, Dead Space 2 and Dead Space 3 are all available as part of the subscription on Xbox consoles and PC, so if you're curious about the series, you can give it a go before the remake releases. 

Adam was formerly TRG's Hardware Editor. A law graduate with an exceptional track record in content creation and online engagement, Adam has penned scintillating copy for various technology sites and also established his very own award-nominated video games website. He’s previously worked at Nintendo of Europe as a Content Marketing Editor and once played Halo 5: Guardians for over 51 hours for charity. He is now an editor at The Shortcut.

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