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Due to lackluster sales from the third installment of the EA action/horror game, the publisher announced development on Dead Space 4 has been put on hold. First week sales figures for Dead Space 3 fell 26.6% below Dead Space 2, despite EA's demands to make Dead Space 3 appeal to a wider audience by focusing more on action, as opposed to the horror genre, which Dead Space was originally rooted in.
"In general we're thinking about how we make this a more broadly appealing franchise," Gibeau told CVG, "because ultimately you need to get to audience sizes of around five million to really continue to invest in an IP like Dead Space."
Further info has been shared by Videogamer, involving the use of general ammunition in Dead Space 3, to allow for micro transactions. At the time of release, the implementation of single ammo type was jeered by critics as being a strange move for the series, but the info provided may very well point towards creative difference between the developers and their publisher. Videogamer continues by quoting an ex-staff member as saying, "the entire studio has been laid off".
IGN has spoke with EA, which has the rumors are "Flat-out not true". EA says they stand behind the IP and continue to see it as an important part of the publisher's strategy. No actual sales figures have been given out, but 1985FM will keep you updated as information comes in.