News: Dead Space writer Antony Johnston criticizes Dead Space 3 for not heading in the right direction.
Dead Space 3 seems to be changing up the Dead Space series. Instead of just creeping through dark, indoor spaces, this time you’ll be running around outdoors on a bright, snowy planet. Instead of being by yourself, you’ll have the option to pair-up with a buddy in co-op. And instead of just focusing more on horror, DS3 seems to be amping up the action as well, as based on the gameplay videos shown.
To new Dead Space players, all of these things probably sound nice, but to Dead Space fans who want more horror, all of it is off-putting (to put it kindly), and perhaps it’s this sentiment that Dead Space writer Antony Johnston agrees with when he says that the game isn’t headed in the right direction. “I haven’t seen much of Dead Space 3, perhaps as much as you, but what I have seen made me worry a little that they may be taking it in the wrong direction,” Johnston told StickTwiddlers in an interview during the Manchester MCM Comic-Con Expo. “That being said, I have a lot of faith in the team and I’m sure they won’t disappoint the fans.”
It’s unclear what exactly Johnston is worried about with Dead Space 3 (story, tone, gameplay mechanics?), but my guess is that he may not be too fond of the game’s general action-oriented direction, based on what’s been shown so far. Whatever it is, it’s not just DS3 that people have issues with. More and more it seems like horror games are becoming more action-packed, with the F.E.A.R. sequels and the upcoming Resident Evil 6 as examples (at least from what I can tell). Hopefully. this disturbing trend dies off quickly.