Dead Space 3 Rumored to Include Co-op

A new rumor suggests that Dead Space 3 is going to include a cooperative gameplay mode, as well as potentially some new weapon customization.

Citing an unnamed source but without really giving much information as to that source’s trustworthiness or veracity, IGN reports that series protagonist Isaac Clark will encounter another character in Dead Space 3 wearing an engineering rig, who also sports a “wicked scar” and “glowing red eyes.” In single-player mode, that guy acts as Isaac’s guide; in cooperative mode, the second player takes on that character’s role.

Other details from the rumor report include the fact that secondary fire on weapons will work differently than in past titles, with weapons getting new features. Specifically, the report claims that the iconic Plasma Cutter will have a knockback attack similar to the Force Gun and that the Pulse Rifle will sport blades.

The Workbench upgrade stations for weapons will function differently in the third game, as well, and all these details suggest to me that the weapon customization system hinted at in the rumors will have players combining elements from various weapons. Given how the inventory system was set up in the previous two games, that might be Visceral Games trying to streamline Isaac’s deployment so that players don’t have to double-back to item boxes to change their tools out.

Supposedly, new enemies will include humans for the first time, specifically heavily armed soldiers who will also wind up as Dead Space’s necromorph monsters at some point or another. Isaac will still be battling craziness and suffer from hallucinations, as well. Oh, and also, the rumor reiterates the ice planet setting.

The one bit of information that is official in the whole story is that Electronic Arts confirmed Dead Space 3 is in development and will hit shelves within 12 months. The publisher issued a statement to IGN saying it doesn’t have any other details than that right now.

Last go-round, Dead Space got a multiplayer mode that has been held up as being unnecessary by plenty of people in the industry. So what do you guys think: is Dead Space co-op a good idea?

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