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Submitted by Gekko 751d ago | news

Dead Space Writer Responds To 'Necessary Evil' Comment

Adam Barnes: ''Original Dead Space writer Antony Johnston recently spoke with us about how survival horror - and the Dead Space series - has evolved into something more action focused.

In it, he described EA and Visceral's focus on action in Dead Space 3 as a "necessary evil", claiming that - to reach a wider market and make the franchise profitable - this approach is the only way to go.

It seems his comment must've upset someone, however, since Johnston has posted on his blog, reiterating his initial point.'' (Antony Johnston, Dead Space 3, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Shazz  +   751d ago
so hes kinda admitting ds3 isnt scary?
rezzah  +   751d ago
Definitely is admitting it.

Action games make more profit as they have a wider audience.

At the end it was mentioned that Indie devs are those who make real survival horror games; this was said as a means to look elsewhere for horror since Dead Space doesn't provide the amount it use to.
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Septic  +   751d ago
Well it doesn't necessarily mean that DS3 isn't scary; its just not a 'pure survival horror' game.

I understand his point about a pure survival horror game not being financially viable but really, it is a bad sign that we have to rely on indie developers for our fix.

But I do disagree with him; I think there is a market for survival horror games- there is no reason why they cannot be appealing to everyone whilst retaining elements of the classic horror games we have come to love.

'Horror' is the ultimate word and there is no reason why action and horror cannot complement each other. Early signs of The Last of Us show ND doing precisely that. It just seems to be an excuse to me that a game has to be overly action-orientated or visually 'gimmicky' and that horror has to be sacrificed for sales.
ravinash  +   751d ago
I really don't understand, because they keep billing it as a survival Horror and that's what the subject matter is about.
Isn't saying this turning all the other people away before they even play it.
So all your doing is turning more people away who were already playing.
rezzah  +   751d ago
Well I guess we can always turn to those with more passion and less business in their creation.
brish  +   751d ago
'In it, he described EA and Visceral's focus on action in Dead Space 3 as a "necessary evil", claiming that - to reach a wider market and make the franchise profitable - this approach is the only way to go.'

I didn't buy Dead Space 3 because it focuses on action instead of being a horror game.
sdozzo  +   751d ago
Always all about the money. Make a game... Sells well... Need to sell more.

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