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Dead Space is a media franchise created by Glen Schofield, developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts. The franchise centers on a series of video games of the survival horror and third-person shooter genres, and also includes one motion picture and a comic book series, with more media planned for the future. The series began in 2008 as an eponymous video game aimed at creating, in Schofield's words, "the most terrifying game we could"; the game was a success and spawned a prequel and later a sequel planned for release in 2011.

Each installment in the Dead Space series is a continuation or addition to a continuing storyline which began with the release of the original eponymous game. The game is set in a 25th-century science fiction universe featuring environments, weapons and characters typical of the genre. The series' chronology is not presented in a linear format, with sections of the storyline presented in the form of either prequels or sequels, and in different mediums aside from only video games.

So far the series has been commercially and critically successful; the original game has achieved widely positive reviews from the majority of critics and has received a number of industry awards for many different elements of its gameplay and development. The games are said to embody the survival horror genre, and have been praised for their use of audio and visual effects to create an impressive and effective atmosphere for gameplay and storyline presentation.

List of media

Video games


Original release date(s):[1]
October 13, 2008[2] (NA)
October 14, 2008 (AS)
October 23, 2008[2][3] (AU)
October 24, 2008[2][3] (EU)
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Release years by system:
2008 – PlayStation 3,[1][4] Xbox 360,[2][4] Microsoft Windows[3][4]
Notes:
  • The first video game of the Dead Space series
  • The Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows versions were not released in Asia[2][3]



Original release date(s):[5]
September 25, 2009 (EU)
September 29, 2009[6] (NA)
October 1, 2009 (JP)
January 25, 2011[7] (NA)
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Release years by system:
2009 – Wii[5][6] 2011 - PlayStation 3[7]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[9]
Fall 2010 (NA)
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Release years by system:
2010 – PlayStation 3,[9] Xbox 360[9]
Notes:
  • Prequel to Dead Space 2
  • To be available via PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade



Original release date(s):[9]
January 25, 2011</div>
Release years by system:
PlayStation 3,[10] Xbox 360,[10] Microsoft Windows[10]
Notes:


Other media

Dramatizations


Original release date(s):[11]
October 3, 2008[12][13] (UK)
October 28, 2008[14][15] (NA)
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Release years by system:
2008 – Film festival (United Kingdom only),[11] DVD,[12][14] BRD[13][15]
Notes:
  • A prequel to the original Dead Space and a sequel to Dead Space: Extraction


Printed


March 3, 2008 (US) – Comic book[16][17][18]
Notes:



July 20, 2010 (US) – Paperback [20]
Notes:
  • A novel written by B.K. Evenson that is set before the events of Dead Space. It tells the story of a geophysicist by the name of Michael Altman who discovers a mysterious signal within the Chicxulub crater and after secretly obtaining a piece of the Marker, brings it to Earth to spread the visions he received from it.


Music albums

Title Release date Length Label Source
Dead Space Original Video Game Soundtrack November 11, 2008 1:01:07 Electronic Arts [21][22]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dead Space for PlayStation 3: Release Summary. GameSpot. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Dead Space for Xbox 360: Release Summary. GameSpot. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Dead Space for PC: Release Summary. GameSpot. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Release Information for Dead Space. MobyGames. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dead Space Extraction for Wii: Release Summary. GameSpot. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Release Information for Dead Space: Extraction. MobyGames. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 http://www.joystiq.com/2010/06/15/dead-space-2-comes-with-move-based-extraction-on-ps3
  8. Dead Space: Extraction for Wii. MobyGames. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "gamepro.com". http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/215760/dead-space-2-prequel-coming-to-xbox-live-arcade-and-playstation-network. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "EA Brings The Terror To Space In Dead Space 2". Electronic Arts. December 7, 2009. http://www.ea.com/news/ea-brings-the-terror-to-space-in-dead-space-2. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 Dead Space: Downfall (2008) (V) - Release dates. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Dead Space Downfall (2008) (DVD). Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Dead Space Downfall (Blu-ray) (2008). Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Dead Space: Downfall (2008). Amazon.com. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Dead Space: Downfall (Blu-ray) + Digital Copy (2008). Amazon.com. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Dead Space (2008). The Comic Book Database. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "EA Branches into Comics with Dead Space Graphic Novels". Primotech. February 21, 2008. http://www.primotechnology.com/2008/02/21/ea-branches-into-comics-with-dead-space-graphic-novels/. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 "New Comic Based on Dead Space Game". ReadersRead.com. February 29, 2008. http://www.readersread.com/blog/229081. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 Dead Space (Comic). Antony Johnston. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  20. http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Space-B-K-Evenson/dp/0765325039/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280941630&sr=8-1
  21. Dead Space Original Video Game Soundtrack. VGMdb. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.
  22. Dead Space Original Soundtrack. Game-OST. Retrieved on June 13, 2010.

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