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Motive Studios shares early Dead Space remake footage

Dead Space Remake Early Screenshot
Dead Space Remake Early Screenshot (Image credit: Electronic Arts (screenshot))

What you need to know

  • Motive Studios is working on a remake of the original Dead Space, a 2008 survival-horror game.
  • Motive shared some very early gameplay footage and renders from the remake in a stream.
  • The Dead Space remake is being developed for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC and PS5.

Motive Studio shared some very early gameplay footage from the Dead Space remake in a stream on Tuesday. Creative director Roman Campos-Oriola and Senior Producer Phillippe Ducharme both stressed how early the footage was, while emphasizing the desire to communicate with fans and get the proper feedback. We've previously talked about being excited for the Dead Space remake, while acknowledging EA has a lot to prove and this stream gave a good early look at how the developers are treating the remake with care.

You can watch the full roundtable discussion:

The horror aesthetic is being maintained, meaning this could end up being one of the best Xbox horror games available. The developers also showed a direct comparison with the original Dead Space, which you can see below:

Source: Electronic Arts (screenshot) (Image credit: Source: Electronic Arts (screenshot))

The team also talked about improving combat in Dead Space. While dismemberment is a huge feature, there's also a new "Peeling" system, that shows damage chipping away at limbs or portions of Necromorph bodies without the limb being fully severed, with the effect varying from weapon to weapon. A limb's bone might even be snapped while the rest of the limb hangs on via tendons and skin. You can see an early version of this peeling with the automatic Pulse Rifle below:

Source: Electronic Arts (screenshot) (Image credit: Source: Electronic Arts (screenshot))

Flight mechanics, first introduced in Dead Space 2, are also coming to the remake, which you can see below:

Source: Electronic Arts (screenshot) (Image credit: Source: Electronic Arts (screenshot))

Finally, the team shared that Gunner Wright, who voiced Isaac Clarke in Dead Space 2 and Dead Space 3, is returning as the voice of Isaac Clarke, meaning this time around, Isaac has a voice during the events of the first game. The developers emphasized that Isaac will only talk when he is being talked to by other characters.

The Dead Space remake is currently in development for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS5 and PC. No release date has been announced but it is rumored to be launching in 2022.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.