Kotaku cites an anonymous "insider" on two new rumors regarding two of Electronic Arts' biggest "new" franchises: Dead Space and Dragon Age. Though Dead Space 2
managed to ship over two million units
in its first six months of release, EA wants to "make the series bigger and better," says the insider. The plan: A Dead Space first-person shooter, a Dead Space "flight game" and, lastly, a Dead Space "Uncharted-like game."
Apparently, that recent EA management shift
in August "brought in new brass that nearly killed off Dead Space 3
," if this insider is to be believed. But it's not dead and, as previous rumors suggested
, Dead Space 3
takes place on ice planet Tau Volantis and will feature co-op.
Now for Dragon Age ... this one is good. Kotaku's insider says that, like BioWare's other major RPG brand
, Dragon Age will get a multiplayer offering, reportedly powered by DICE's Frostbite 2 engine. This could be part of a future Dragon Age installment, let's call it Dragon Age 3
, or a separate downloadable title; the gameplay will be arena-based, and feature both PvE and PvP combat, as well as ... dragons. Because Dragon Age, and all that.
Here's our advice, EA: If you want to increase awareness of the Dead Space brand, making games that aren't like Dead Space
seems like a poor strategy. Also, a flight game? Are you trying not to sell games? And the problem with Dragon Age isn't a lack of multiplayer. The (extraordinarily) fast turnaround on Dragon Age 2
resulted in a rushed RPG that was dwarfed (and, frankly, embarrassed) by productions like The Witcher 2
(which managed to ship a not-so-shabby seven million units