I found this information while looking for some Dead Space news - I thought I'd share:
According to insider information gathered by gaming website Kotaku, EA is looking to expand its Dead Space franchise into other games and genres. Although spin-offs are not new to Dead Space – a rail shooter, puzzle game, animated films, and comic books already flesh out the game’s universe – this marks a foray into drastically different territory for the survival horror series.
Among the proposed new games are a first-person shooter, a flight simulator, and “an Uncharted-like game.” The more action-oriented genres come at the behest of new management at EA, who stress that the current games don’t sell as well as games like Uncharted. The corporate shake-up almost resulted in the cancellation of Dead Space 3, though Kotaku’s anonymous source reassured fans that the third game is still in production.
Dead Space 3 will feature co-op mode and is set on an ice planet. That backs up earlier rumors that Dead Space 3 will be trade pitch blackness for a blinding, frozen tundra. The next entry takes place on the planet Tau Volantis. The planet's "white-out blizzard conditions" may trade the blackness of previous Dead Space games for pure white, a new method for keeping the beasts of the horror franchise well hidden from view.
The third entry will also supposedly be the last Dead Space to feature engineer Isaac as the protagonist, thus ending a trilogy.
After that the Dead Space franchise is, as previously mentioned, moving on to an action-heavy Dead Space game. Think Uncharted in space.
None of these Dead Space games are yet official. Even Dead Space 3, which was apparently outed in September, hasn't been officially announced. Considering how often game titles are killed off in production, if true, a similar fate could await some of these games. Or, it's entirely possible that EA pushes them out the door and releases them.
If so, Dead Space the FPS, Dead Space the flight sim, and Dead Space the adventure game would only dilute what makes Dead Space, well, Dead Space, diluting it.
Kotaku is following up with EA and will update this post should the company comment.
more action heavy? *sigh* I'm not saying tank controls and broken weapons are good but it's kind of sad that so many "horror" games are heading to action type gameplay. It might still be good, but I'm ready for a different kind of gameplay.