Dead Space 4 apparently canned, Visceral Montreal shut due to third games poor sales. UPDATE: EA are denying the rumors, “we have not released sales data for Dead Space 3″
Future update: An EA spokesman has made a statement: “[The rumors are] patently false. While we have not released sales data for Dead Space 3, we are proud of the game, and Dead Space continues to be an important [property] to EA”.
Update: Conflicting reports are coming in that Visceral Montreal hasn’t been shuttered. An American EA rep has apparently denied the rumour. The UK arm of EA has declined to comment. A UI design lead at Viceral Games has also tweeted this:
It’s being reported that Dead Space 4 has been canned and developer Visceral Montreal (a branch of Visceral Games) has been shut following restructuring.
Dead Space 4 canned
EA had said Dead Space 3 needed to hit 5m sales to be considered viable but despite a strong chart debut it still started 26.6% below Dead Space 2′s numbers and only slipped further down the ranks. As a result it appears pre-production on a sequel has been canned and the Army Of Two: Devil’s Cartel studio Visceral Montreal, who were working on it, has been shut.
Apparently even Dead Space 3 had been hit by cuts during production and was nearly canned mid-way through development. The universal ammo for example was a late change that enabled the last minute addition of micro-transactions.
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