Why Did Twice As Many People Play Dead Space As Bought It?

"In studying how Dead Space sold, a key stat loomed large for EA.

EA's Glen Schofield, studio manager for the company's Dead Space team at Visceral Games, appeared on the second episode of EA's official podcast to talk games, mention that Dead Space had co-op during some of its development cycle and explain the company's take on Dead Space's sales."

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Parapraxis2963d ago

Such a good game.
I actually just finished it a couple days ago.... I rented it.
I saw it was selling for 29$ at Future Shop (used) and was pretty pissed I didn't check before, renting it cost 15$ for two weeks. I will most likely buy it still, but it is a game that IMO was worth the initial retail price.

JsonHenry2963d ago

I loved the game as well. But I would never have bought it. I don't see a reason to buy a single player game that once beaten has little to no replay value.

Typically the only single player games I buy are RPGs. Something that takes a lot of time to beat. $60 for a 10 hour game is just not in my budget.. that and I have gamefly.

StanLee2963d ago (Edited 2963d ago )

It came out at a horrid time. In October when the game was released, I bought Fable 2 and Fifa 2009, the following month I bought Left 4 Dead, Call of Duty World at War and Gears of War 2. I eventually bought the game but I bought it from Gamefly after renting it which counts as a used game.

Jaces2963d ago

Guess the horror genre is'nt for everyone :D

Me personally, I bought it day one. This game was well worth the $60 and with a 5.1 surround sound to add to the creepiness I was in Horror heaven.

GameGambits2963d ago

Co-op would've broken up the amazing atmosphere this game built.

I know for Dead Space 2 they are already looking at multiplayer aspects to increase sales, but I hope for their sake they stick to a nazi zombies like game type. You and some buddies taking on waves of necromorphs---in ZERO G!

Otherwise just try to make the single player as long as possible without repetition. If it becomes a 20 hour long story MINIMUM, throw in some trophies/achivements to really increase replay, and maybe be able to go through the game again as a different character with a different take on the story, then you'd have a winner for more sales.

I hope they stay far away from any kind of TDM multiplayer, because it will not work for this type of game---not for me anyway.

Hellsvacancy2963d ago (Edited 2963d ago )

I knew it was gonna b a sick game and i was right i even remember sum mofo on N4g replyin 2 1 of my comments ages ago sayin summin like "how could u buy Dead Space b4 Fallout 3 - your an idiot" - look at me now sucka (who-ever u are)

gamesR4fun2963d ago

finished it twice in a week great game holds its own with any next gen title 2 short for a 60+ purchase imo but a steal for 20-30

phosphor1122963d ago

atleast 5 people so far. So no wonder twice as many people played it.

meepmoopmeep2963d ago

i still need to buy it.

the demo was pretty good.

marinelife92963d ago

Rent it, Beat it, Take it back. The game is worth it.

Poopface the 2nd2963d ago

I just rented it tho. I was able to finish it on the hardest dificulty so I never went and bought it. I will probrbly buy dead space 2 cause now I know ill enjoy it.

jerethdagryphon2963d ago


in all honesty games like this are not horror so much as goror. the shock value comes from the jump and the gore rather then an inate sense of dread,
yes its dark and creepy and that is a horror aspect but the monsters jumping out at you beyond the first one leads to the gorror theme rapidly

lovecraft is horror, due to the psycolagical effect the scenario is having and while dead space does have some strong lovecraftian themes running through it its olstered by the fact its a shooter and the gore over rules the true psycological horror..

good game though

UnwanteDreamz2963d ago (Edited 2963d ago )

While I agree with most of what you say, I think it is an unfair comparison for what I think are obvious reasons.

How many games can you name that have had "true psycological horror"?

I think can name 2 or 3 in the entire history of gaming.

JonnyBigBoss2963d ago

I'm a fan of horror games, specifically Silent Hill, but didn't enjoy Dead Space much. I'm not sure why, but I'm willing to admit that it's a terrific game but just didn't entertain me much.

TheExecutive2963d ago

Why? Because its a new IP? Because it is single-player only?

DaTruth2963d ago (Edited 2963d ago )

There was no chance of me buying, renting, probably wouldn't have even borrowed it. The demo seemed really bad to me! Maybe because I suffer from mild claustrophobia, I don't like games that suffer from it. It's the same reason I didn't buy Bioshock.

Not saying the game is bad, just didn't appeal to me!

AntoineDcoolette2963d ago

Because I loaned the game to two friends who finished and didn't buy it. So that's 3 times as many people who played it compared to buying it!

ThanatosDMC2963d ago

Something's wrong with the game. I havent finished it, but i was on my last chapter or so. But my friend started a new game and it reseted all my Trophies. Is that normal???


I bought the game day one at full price.

Its the only game i bought that i don't look back at and think " dam i should have waited till it went down in price."

even as a single player game with no multiplayer or co-op, i think its totally worth every penny i paid for it.

its one of the few games that will stay in my little collection of greatest games along with the GTA box set, the Halo series, MGS4, dead rising, oblivion.

i think i have said it a million times now, but i never get tired of saying it, Dead Space was my game of the year last year and its been a favorite new IP this gen.

Syronicus2963d ago

WIll play it through again soon. That is why I bought it day one. It's one of my all time favorite titles ever.

FOXDIE2963d ago

The game is really really good. I can also go as far as saying its on par with RE4 if not much better. The controls the game had where truly and absolutely flawless (something crapcom should have used for RE5).

Kassanova072963d ago

This was by far one of the best games of 2008. It's a shame it didn't sell more. I'll keep my copy thank you very much.

Hellsvacancy2963d ago (Edited 2963d ago )

I HONESTLY didnt rate Resident Evil 5 at all - thats y i rented it - 1 positive did cum outta Res5 and that was that last week me and my missis bought a kitten 4 my 1 and half year old daughter and I named it Wesker (after the badass lookin mofo Albert Wesker lol) my missis didnt like it but sodd her :-)

Dead Space is in league of its own i also REALLY liked the build up 2 the game the 6 part movin comic series was COOL the animated movie wasnt as good but still worth watchin

My ONLY negative with the game was that i dont own a HD Tv yet (gotta 52inch flat/wide-screen) so i couldnt read alot of the writin when (for example) u found the ship logs and things like that the written was to small and a little fuzzy round the edges - not much of problem

Oh and ive had bit of a smoke so PLEASE 4give my grammar and spellin :D

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hay2963d ago

Yeah, like renting and game exchange don't exist.

crck2963d ago (Edited 2963d ago )

I doubt piracy had much of an impact. It just suffered the same fate as Uncharted and the God of War games. A really good single player only game. But a game that only lasts 10 to 15 hours. So most people rent it or borrow it from a friend. Uncharted sold about 2.5 million copies and each God of War sold about 3 million copies. But just about everyone I know has played God of War but only about 1/3 of them bought it new. They just borrowed it from a friend after they were done or rented it. Devs have to put in local co-op or multiplayer if they want to get the really big sales. That's what makes people want to purchase the game or keep it around for when a buddy comes over.

FamilyGuy2963d ago (Edited 2963d ago )

Im sure a good percentage was due to piracy but there are plently of other factors as well
borrowing a friends
buying used
multiple online accounts
multiple same consoles in one home that can share a game.

Mindboggle2963d ago (Edited 2963d ago )

PS3 blu rays arent being pirated but PSN games are being shared, and pretty much everyone is doing it...

kazan2963d ago (Edited 2963d ago )

Piracy is the main reason for this, Xbox/Pc games can all be played for 0$. actually, PC games are even more easier where you can download the game for free and play it on your PC.

That is one of the main reasons developers are focusing more on online-multipliers games or including the online with the original game. It is the only way for them to make sure that people will purchase the original copy.

I_am_rushin2963d ago

Why did people disagree with me?


Perhaps, but that is not illegal. And is a moot point for Dead Space.

UnwanteDreamz2963d ago

offtopic: Another thing to consider with the sharing of PSN games is the peson who purchases the game can only share with 5 people.

Oh and FYI for game sharers. If 5 other people have your account and share games with you be sure they are real friends. If anything happens to your system you will need one of their loggins to use your original PSN name on the new PS3.

FOXDIE2963d ago

you love talking out of your ass dontya?

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GiantEnemyCrab2963d ago

Good interview and it sounds like the dev's came to a good conlcusion on this question. It's a fantastic game and one of the few EA titles I've bought in a while. Looking forward to the sequel and I really hope they keep the single player experience the center of attention. I feel this game does not need multiplayer.