Register Dead Space for iPhone, Unlock Content in Dead Space 2

Buying and registering EA Mobile’s upcoming Dead Space game for iPhone and iPad will allow you to unlock some kind of unspecified content in Dead Space 2, according to the iDevice game’s lead designer, Jarrad Trudgen.

In an interview with SlideToPlay, Trudgen let slip all kinds of details about the upcoming mobile prequel to Dead Space 2 — including that it includes a story that goes right up to the start of (and a little bit into) the upcoming survival horror sequel. He also said EA Mobile has been working with Visceral Games to make sure the games mesh well, and that one of the writers of the original Dead Space helped out with the story.

Trudgen wouldn’t confirm or deny whether the player is actually controlling Dead Space protagonist Isaac Clarke, but he did confirm that the game takes place on The Sprawl, a massive space station that serves as the setting for Dead Space 2.

Expect to put four to five hours in for a first playthrough of iPhone Dead Space, Trudgen said. After one run, players will unlock a Hard mode, which makes ammo a lot more scarce and battles more difficult, and a “new game +” mode that lets you start from the beginning with all your equipment upgraded to where you had it when you finished your first playthrough. You’ll also get 40 achievements to earn in the game, and grabbing them unlocks things like concept art and other easter eggs.

Speaking of equipment, Trudgen gave some more details about the in-app purchases you can make in the game. We’ve heard that it’s possible to buy weapon upgrades and equipment using your real cash, as well as earn them just by playing through the game.

You can buy additional power nodes, used to upgrade your weapons and your RIG, which is your suit in the game. You’ll find power nodes through a normal playthrough, but if you want to accelerate how quickly you upgrade, then you’re free to do so by going to the store in the game. The DLC is all integrated into the in-game store, so you don’t pop in and out of the game while you’re playing.

And there’s also some modules that you can buy– there’s a weapon output module which increases your offensive power for every weapon, and a defensive one that increases your armor. We also have a loot module, which increases the credits that you pick up.

As for that unlockable content: you’ll need to register both games with Electronic Arts, which will probably be possible from within both the iOS Dead Space and Dead Space 2. If you don’t already have one, expect to set up an EA account in doing so.

Both games are due in stores on Jan. 25.

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