Dead Space 3 Chapter Names Could Hint at Dead Space 4 Story
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Now that we’re through Dead Space 3‘s story, it’s about time to start thinking about Dead Space 4, and there may well be some clues as to what we can expect from Visceral Games’ next installment of the series.
Dead Space fans might remember a particularly interesting easter egg call out in Dead Space that revealed a bit of story to astute players. It was the 12 chapter titles in the game, which, when taking the first letter from each, revealed a bit of key information to protagonist Isaac Clarke’s journey through the USG Ishimura: His girlfriend Nicole, for whom he was searching, was dead. Indeed, the message as spelled out was “NICOLE IS DEAD.”
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The Game Front Video Team’s Mitchell Saltzman had the wherewithal to wonder if another such message was hidden in Dead Space 3, since, unlike Dead Space 2, the game does have chapter title names. And sure enough, he decoded a message: “BROTHER MOONS ARE AWAKE.”
That’s a bit more cryptic than something so straight-forward as Nicole is Dead, but after finishing the campaign, we have enough info to interpret the message. In terms of Dead Space lore, a “Brother Moon” (or Brethren Moon) is the final form of the Necromorph plague — the thing a Marker creates when it triggers “Convergence” like at the end of Dead Space 2. The end of Dead Space 3 has Isaac defeating the Brethren Moon in orbit around Tau Volantis.
Here’s the thing about Brethren Moons: There are a lot of them. At least, that’s according to the lore of Dead Space 3, which says that each time a Necromorph plague takes out a race of life, as they have repeatedly in the past, a Brethren Moon is created. Those moons are telepathically linked with one another, and that telepathic signal is what is refocused by the Markers to cause people to make more Markers and create more moons.
The machine at Tau Volantis put the Brethren Moon there on ice, interrupting the signal between the other moons. But at the end of Dead Space 3, the moon at Tau Volantis is briefly reanimated, re-establishing the link to the other moons. So the clue, it would seem, is that the Necromorph threat hasn’t been stopped, and that the events at Tau Volantis might have made things worse, with more Brethren Moons now awakened and active.
Update: It occurs to me that the first bit of Dead Space 3 DLC is titled “Awakened,” which is likely a reference to the Brethren Moons. At Game Front, we’ve discussed whether the message might refer to DLC or another full game, and I’m of the opinion that the Brethren Moons are too big of a deal to be constrained to DLC. But I wouldn’t be surprised if we start to see the beginnings of the Brethren Moon threat in March, not unlike Mass Effect 2′s handling of the beginnings of the Reaper invasion with The Arrival.
The term “Brother Moons” might also give us a clue for the setting of the setting of a fourth Dead Space title. As it happens, there are celestial bodies in reality known as the Brother Moons: a set of three moons orbiting Saturn. Those moons are Atlas, Prometheus and Epimetheus, named for three Greek Titans. And you might recall that Dead Space 2′s Sprawl station was located on the Saturn moon of Titan.
Could the Brethren Moons also be the Brother Moons of Saturn? It seems possible, given Visceral’s attention to detail. There are other clues for potential settings found in Dead Space 3 as well. At one point, an audio diary found in the game mentions other Marker research sites like that of Aegis VII and Tau Volantis. One is Aspera, the other Proxima Centauri. So far in the series, we’ve seen Dead Space games handle both old Marker sites (Aegis VII and Tau Volanits) and new ones (Titan Station), so sending players to another old Marker research location isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
While I’m pretty well-versed in Dead Space lore, I haven’t yet read the latest novel, Dead Space: Catalyst, or Liberation the comic releasing today. So, Dead Space die-hards: any insights we should know about? Leave them in the comments.