EA Readies Dead Space Game, Toon

Electronic Arts announced today that its highly anticipated new survival horror game Dead Space has gone gold and will ship in North America on Oct. 14 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A PC version will ship on Oct. 20. For Xbox 360 owners in North America, the EA Store is offering a very limited run of 1000 copies of the Dead Space Ultra Limited Edition. This package contains a copy of the game, the Dead Space: Downfall animated Movie on DVD, a bonus content DVD, a 97-page art book, the 160-page graphic novel (which combines all six issues of the Dead Space comics), an exclusive lithograph illustrated and individually signed by Ben Templesmith, and an Ishimura crew patch. The Dead Space Ultra Limited Edition can be ordered through the EA Store and will ship on October 14.

Dead Space is set 500 years in the future. Humanity has exhausted much of the Earth’s natural resources, and competition for survival is tight. In response, Earth’s mega-corporations send immense mining ships called ‘Planetcrackers’ into deep space to rip planets apart, smelt them down and then bring all the material back to Earth. When all contact is lost with the most famous Planetcracker, Isaac Clarke and a small repair team are dispatched to restore communications. They find the ship nearly powerless and the crew horribly slaughtered and transformed into terrifying abominations. Cut off and trapped, Clarke and his team are overwhelmed in a desperate fight to survive.

The animated pic Dead Space: Downfall was previewed at Comic-Con over the summer, offering attendees as sampling of the creepy and gory goodness to come. Directed by Chuck Patton and produced by Film Roman, the film will be released on DVD by Anchor Bay. Watch the trailer at http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3713532185.

Dead Space will be in stores in Europe on Oct. 24 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and PC. Players who buy the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game within the first two weeks of release will have the opportunity to download a platform-exclusive suit. Xbox 360 owners can download the Xbox-themed Elite Suit on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, and PS 3 fans can download the PlayStation-themed Obsidian Suit on the PlayStation Network. Both suits will feature new looks and increased toughness and inventory slots.

Under development at EA Redwood Shores, Dead Space has been rated M for Mature due to blood, gore, intense violence and strong language. The title will be available for the suggested retail price of $59.99 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and $49.99 for PC. The Dead Space Ultra Limited Edition will be available on the Xbox 360 for $149.95. For more information about the game, go to www.deadspacegame.com.