Dead Space 3 Gets a Release Date: February 2013

Fresh off the announcement that you’ll be able to duct tape your pulse rifle to a flamethrower when you go fight the alien queen (no, wait, that was Ripley, but same difference), Electronic Arts has provided us with a release date for the third installment of the Dead Space series: Feb 5.

The announcement came during EA’s press conference at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, where EA also showed a new trailer for the co-op heavy (and optional) Dead Space 3 and announced a new weapons crafting system that allows players to combine guns with other guns, then share the blueprints with their friends (through social networking? I dunno) and let them riff on the designs as well. It sounds…weird, actually, but possibly cool.

Visceral and EA also announced that the Limited Edition version of Dead Space 3 will pack a pair of DLC add-ons players can snag for pre-ordering it. Both contain a new suit and a new weapon:

“First Contact” Bundle

  • First Contact Suit: This unique EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) suit was built by the SCAF (Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces) for encounters with “foreign entities.” It sports a flamboyant golden finish to provide protection from long-term space exposure and thick armor for… unspecified reasons. The suit was given the nickname “First Contact” by the scientists who made it.
  • Negotiator Weapon: While technically classified by the SCAF as a “scientific instrument,” the gold-plated “Negotiator” is loaded with some surprisingly aggressive hardware. The overclocked, top-mounted Tesla Beam is capable of bursting a man-sized organism into several pieces with a single shot. The bottom-mounted Linegun appears to have been built with the sole purpose of cleanly dismembering organic tissue from a distance.

“Witness the Truth” Bundle

  • Witness Suit: These insulated suits were worn by a SCAF deep dig team assigned to exhume the darkest secrets of Tau Volantis. Whatever they found locked deep in the ice changed them forever. When they emerged weeks later, they were covered head to toe in strange graffiti and claimed to be “Witnesses to the Truth.”
  • Evangelizer Weapon: A modification of the standard AL-2 used by the Sovereign Colonies Legionaries, this version sports a souped-up AL-2g assault rifle on the top with an Emerson 2100 “Big Boy” tactical shotgun on the bottom. The surviving “Witnesses” of the SCAF deep dig team dubbed it the Evangelizer and decorated them top to bottom with strange symbols.

EA didn’t announce a price point on the Dead Space 3 Limited Edition, so we’ll update you when we know what it’ll cost and what it’ll entail.

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3 Comments on Dead Space 3 Gets a Release Date: February 2013

Michael

On August 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

With EA’s track record and what has happened with Mass Effect 3 I’ll wait a while before I purchase this.

Dantes

On August 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm

^ Me too. I liked both Dead Space games but with the direction EA’s been taking with this game and others, I’ll definitely not be pre-ordering, if I do decide to even buy at all.

R.J.

On August 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I, too, will be waiting, which isn’t something I thought I would say with Dead Space. But I’ve seen plenty that I didn’t like, and it reeks of interference from EA. Given how several of the more lackluster aspects of ME3 were because EA demanded that it have a “broader appeal” and they have made the same demands of this game, I simply can’t buy it on faith.