Dead Space 3 Chapter Names Could Hint at Dead Space 4 Story

Warning! MASSIVE STORY SPOILERS FOR DEAD SPACE 3 HEREIN. No, seriously, this is more spoiled than armless Necromorphs lying in the hot Tau Volantis sun for a million years. Actually, that planet is frozen and there are no bugs, and stuff doesn’t rot in space…. Anyway. There are a lot of spoilers. Like this will ruin the major twist of the game for you. In fact, it’s so spoilery, we’re putting it lower on the page because we don’t want anyone heading to the comments to demand our heads for ruining Dead Space 3 for them.










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.”

(Last chance to avoid spoilers)

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.

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33 Comments on Dead Space 3 Chapter Names Could Hint at Dead Space 4 Story


On February 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I almost finished half of Dead Space 3 and this game is awesome! If you search really hard during your progress and do the sidequests you will not need to buy paying resources from the PSNetwork or Xbox live for your customization. The game seems to have everything you need to finish it.

My only negative thought about the game is the fact you can’t play in split-screen with your buddy on the same TV. What a shame.


On February 7, 2013 at 4:39 am

Aspera was in Dead Space Catalyst and if I recall correctly, was dealt with in the book as well.


On February 7, 2013 at 4:39 am

ummmm If you follow dead space news you would know that the DLC is called Dead Space Awaken and that its just a tease for the DLC.

Phil Hornshaw

On February 7, 2013 at 7:45 am


Mentioned in the story. Given the events at the end of the game, though, that seems like an awfully enormous amazing DLC and I’m kind of doubtful that the network of ultimate necromorph forms would be handled so completely in a piece of $10 downloadable content. That’d be like if the Reaper invasion had been DLC to Mass Effect 2. While I agree that Awakened obviously has to do with this whole thing, it seems like the implications of “Brother Moons Are Awake” is much bigger than one piece of DLC.

Paco Jo

On February 8, 2013 at 5:30 am

Take that, Stee!


On February 8, 2013 at 9:35 am

So I wanted to say this thing of the box-art… hmm first dead space was unique, second showed they kept Clarke’s character, and third… they went all generic, and nodding all they could Dead Space was going to be called ‘Rancid Moon’, and so went the story…

Ah, here thinking, they could’ve shown a foot roaming about for the second. *chuckling*


On February 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm


If you are like me and wait to the end credits, you notice that there is a voice that comes on over signal (Isaac) and he says Ellie’s name a few times. Then it is over. This shows that he is alive and will find a way back, meet up with Ellie again hopefully, and take on the next moon


On February 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Viseral is going to pull a Mass Effect 3 and bring Issac back to life because they will “rebuild” him in some way.The only reason why im thinking that way is because of the N7 Armor so Viseral could very possiably pull a ME3

Jared K

On February 10, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Honestly, in my opinion, there is a WHOLE lot to the Dead Space mythology that can be explored in another trilogy. For example, what created the Markers?? We still don’t know, and i doubt it’ll be answered anytime soon. How many other super-advanced alien races have been associated with the Markers? Because the creatures on Tau Volantis were on an epic scale like the Engineers in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. There’s definitely more to discuss, but the main one i want to touch on is Isaac. Even with what happened at the end of the game, Isaac, Ellie and Carver should be brought back for this next trilogy because, there seems to be some acknowledgment that Isaac is a HUGE part of this, and that he has the ability to become humanity’s savior still, in some way. So, i say EA needs to continue Dead Space for very, very good reasons

Andy Sanchez

On February 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm

THIS. Exactly my thoughts on the chapter message. I’m really hooing that the DLC helps set up for a whole new Dead Space game. Also the voice you hear after the credits in Dead Space 2 has yet to play a role. Ima guess that something big lies ahead. 2 years wait prolly, but I’m hopin!


On February 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm


The lazarus project was not used to bring Shepard back to life in Mass Effect 3; it was in the begining of Mass Effect 2. Also Isaac Clark is not dead; if you watch the entire credits (I know which is so horrible with all the epic, awesome, music in the background) you can hear Isaac say, “Ellie…, Ellie?..” and then you hear something which sounds like that of a helmet being put on.


On February 12, 2013 at 3:06 pm

If they make a new dead space, which I think they will, they should definitly bring back Ellie. she was a big part of the game and I grew very attached to her. shes also hot. Plus the romance between her and I ssac was a big part to the game and really made it. Anyone ever notice that Ellie was snarky and mean in dead space 2 but nice and loving in dead space 3. Whole new person.I love Ellie, shes gotta stay.


On February 13, 2013 at 2:49 am

First of all @Aaron – That’s just sad.
Yes there is a lot of evidence pointing towards another installment but the fact is that at the end of Dead Space 3 you may here Issac’s voice calling out for Ellie but he is stranded in space with no way of getting to another planet or ship. He’s dead, game over (or ruined)


On February 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Keeves4 where is your optimism, if he put his helmet back on in the end he could get to a ship or if he was lucky he could have got to Ellie’s ship before she left, highly unlikely but isaac is known as a very lucky guy.


On February 15, 2013 at 11:04 pm

You are right, Clark IS stranded. But think about it…Clark is an engineer. A SPACE SHIP engineer. And the space around Tau Volantis is FULL of spare parts. See where I’m going with this? I’m fairly certain that Issac could find some way of getting to Ellie.


On February 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Plus you have to keep in mind that isaac is an engineer and there was an entire fleet of ships orbiting tau volantis. who’s to say he couldn’t find a shuttle, go back to that fleet, and make one space worthy again? about a third of the series you’re going around fixing space craft for pete’s sake!


On February 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm

So Isaac is stranded in space….. so what he only has limited oxygen…. so what if there are no ships….
For god’s sake look at Sgt. Johnson and the Master Chief. —-> I think we all know… He’ll be back.


On February 16, 2013 at 10:47 pm


I’m not sure why what Aaron said about Ellie is sad. I felt Ellie’s character was really well-done through-out the series. I mean, without Ellie, there is no Dead Space 3.

As to the fact that Isaac is stranded on Tau Volantis and essentially screwed, he very well could be, but at the same time, I highly doubt it. For one, Isaac’s gotten out of stickier situations that that in the past. The other reason is because, as you said, there are many things pointing to another installment of Dead Space. I’m not saying they couldn’t bring a new protagonist in, but I highly doubt they would. Carver might’ve been able to take out the moon at the end and let Isaac and Ellie go free, but Isaac is the marker killer. They made it obviously clear that Isaac is essential to ending the necromorph threats like he has in the past, so I’m fairly certain he’ll be there in the future.


On February 16, 2013 at 11:27 pm

lets not forget that Tau Volantis is surrounded by a fleet of ancient ships. they’re not really running but if Isaac just managed to get to one, or hell considering all that debris i wouldn’t be surprised if he just fell into one, got a new suit from a kiosk and got that running.

Then again, his part in this story may be over. he’s been through so much and changed a hell of a lot from that random Engineer just trying to save his girlfriend.
either way, i’m excited for whats to come.


On February 17, 2013 at 12:17 am

Will there be dead space 4


On February 17, 2013 at 7:56 am

“You are an unbelievably difficult man to kill, Clarke. Are you aware of that?”
- Danik


On February 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

OK guys the truth. I want a tally here. who thinks there is going to a dead space 4 with ellie and isaac in it. I think there will be. anyone else. Ellies amazing!!!


On February 19, 2013 at 9:48 pm

I think it is safe to say the Easter eggs in the game and the audio of Issac at the end is a clear indicator he survived and will be back. The brethren moon did crash into the planet but that does not mean the entire site was destroyed, and there were silos built deeper than the city itself. That on top of the spare parts and the fact that the unitologists flew multiple ships to purse Isaac suggests one survived if not the components are there for him to survive. We also need to remember that earthgov has been completely eliminated leaving the unitologists in control of humanity, and they will look at this as a minor setback and continue to pursue markers and now these moons. Even upon Ellie’s return she may be considered an enemy of the Unitologist state; there is no way that the Unitologists will just give up and let Ellie and Isaac live happily ever after, not while a single marker or moon remains for them to achieve convergence. The story is far from over…


On February 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm

it would be really epic that Ellie some how recieves a message that Issac may still be alive and return to Tau Volantus to search for him….or maybe find something else?!


On February 24, 2013 at 10:49 am

I for one, hope there will be a new game. Considering Issac is trying to contact Ellie after the credits are over. And, the battle against the gigantic monster seemed to me to happen in space. Which means that he is surrounded by all the chips again, and can find some sort of transport etc!

However, he did take of his helmet during the last moments before the fight, so being in space without a helmet would mean that he is going to die, though i think i heard some noise from a helmet going on after he said Ellie… Ellie… after the credits! Who knows, anything is possible.

1. Issac is alive! (True!)
2. Ellie gets the message and go looking for Issac. (Possibility)
3. Ellie is to far away to receive the message, and Issac needs to find a way to get to earth. (Possibility)

Phil Hornshaw

On February 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I for one think I’d like to see the story continue thus:

Isaac is presumed dead, having been left at Tau Volantis after the destruction of the Brethren Moon. The Marker Crisis as we know it has ended, with the signal between the moons disrupted by the events at Tau Volantis. For the most part, necromorphs as we know them are no longer a threat.

Game 4 picks up with Ellie as the protagonist character, dealing with the new threat of the Brethren Moons, which are actively attacking planets and colonies as basically giant mother ships. They can’t use Markers anymore, but that means as the moons grow closer to their destinations, they become more and more powerful. The inability to focus their psychic reanimation signal through Markers means a much more sporadic, unpredictable form of mutation — maybe even with “necromorphs” (they’d need to be something a little different) of different moons attacking one another as well as humans.

As for the fate of Isaac — I could stand that to be left unknown and unresolved for a while. But the overall point is, a new, fresh direction for the series, with a heavier emphasis on horror and a new main character.


On February 25, 2013 at 2:02 am

To those who suggest that Issac will be returning.
I agree, since the infestation on Tau Volantis is now gone, the moon being destroyed, I guess he can safely find a way to return home.
But who knows? He’s gone through such a battle.
But I don’t think Carver is coming back, if EA decided to let him just whoosh away with no further contact, I’m guessing they’re leaving Carver out.


On March 3, 2013 at 2:06 am

The end of Dead Space 2 was an Epic way for Isaac to die. Just tired, he sits down and everything falls to pieces around him. It was very satisfying. But Ellie swooped in and saved him. Dead Space 3′s ending was not so Epic so his death would be disappointing. I yhink playing as Ellie and Isaac is a good sequel.
Enjoyed everyones comments. Especially concerning ship parts and him being an engineer. Although some mad man would probably still demand to SEE Isaacs dead body and send a ship which Isaac could always commandeer.


On March 3, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Now, this is a stretch thought. It seems through the second game to the third, Ellie never undergoes any form of dementia. She’s very headstrong about survival, cautious about her actions, and determined to destroy the Necromorph outbreaks. (Not to mention she’s god damn beautiful). A character like this in a series like Dead Space? Flawless? Now that’s bewildering. It got me to thinking about Isaac’s reaction to his dementia associated with Nicole through both games. Randomly, even the technology in the environment would play on his insanity, playing that original video of Nicole’s death at any given time.

From the moment of the first game’s ending, it would be known that Isaac’s insanity would play a role in further installments. How that relates to Ellie is her tolerance of the Marker’s effect on the human mind. How does she pull off surviving two Necromorph infestations without being plagued by dementia? Perhaps this is where an installment leads off from Dead Space 3. The transmissions received at the end of the credits are no doubt Isaac Clarke’s attempt to reach Ellie, though are they really? This could serve as an indirect example of Ellie experiencing some of the traumatizing insanity through her love for Isaac and grief for his sacrifice.

So, we all know how much a Marker-hunter Ellie tends to be. She likes that kind of . Killing Necromorphs and sabotaging the plans of Unitologists; she’s into all that stuff. Since she played an even larger role in the third installment of Dead Space, this may leave a door open to her as the new protagonist. However, like I said, this idea is a stretch and only came to mind with how large her role was in Dead Space 3. Otherwise, Isaac somehow survived the convergence and must now re-group with Carver to escape the deserted Tau Volantis.

I say Carver lives because think of it… Tau Volantis is completed abandoned and depleted of all human life. If the case is that Isaac does survive and will continue from his escape of the converged planet, then what would be the point of removing a feature just recently added to the series? That’s right, multiplayer. EA just recently allowed Dead Space to join the world of online exploration with a friend, therefore Isaac will no doubt need Carver’s help to escape.


On April 1, 2013 at 10:51 am

What the heck happened to dead space? It used to be fighting 3 necromorphs at a time was pretty scary. But now Issac is fighting moons. Oh well, so ends the horror of video games. Good job Visceral, you’ve ruined a horror game and made it a action game.

Phil Hornshaw

On April 1, 2013 at 10:59 am


To be fair, you fight that giant Hive Mind at the end of DS1, plus huge monsters throughout.


On April 18, 2013 at 7:41 am

I played the DLC Dead Space 3 Awakened and at the end of it, the brother moons are already at earth so that definitely means dead space 4 will take place on either earth or the moons, or both! boy im lookin forward to dead space 4… the moons are huge!


On September 27, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Actually, Dead Space 2′s Chapter titles did spell out something for everyone.

“Don’t Trust Nicole.”