EA includes co-op to Dead Space because it's considered too scary?
I'm sure you guys have heard about Dead Space 3 having co-op. Based on EA's research for the first two Dead Space games, a lot of people thought it was too scary and wished they could play the game with a friend. Thus, co-op was planned for the third game. Apparently too scary is a negative for a" survival horror" game which is hilarious.
EA' marketing head Laura Miele spoke to MCV about this change in the Dead Space franchise.
“We were doing research coming out of Dead Space 1 and 2 and we’re really proud of those products. We received feedback to understand how we can take the game out to even more consumers,” she stated.
“We were hearing feedback that they love the thriller game, but it was pretty scary, and the obvious next step was that they wanted to play with someone. So we introduced co-op into the game.
EA states that the same levels of horror in the first two games will be found on the third but now with a friend.
As much as they say it will be the same, you won't feel the same horror given when playing alone. The idea that you are all alone to survive and face these unknown creatures hidden in the dark is what brings out the scares and fears in these types of games. Dead Space 1 and 2 captured it perfectly with the atmosphere that somewhat resembled the first Alien movie some way. And let's not forget about the necromorphs.
I hate the fact that they implemented co-op. Dead Space was considered a sleeper hit among gamers but never a huge money earner. Adding co-op does bring more potential buyers, but I fear for the survival horror genre. I considered Dead Space the title keeping the genre alive. So hopefully more horror games get developed to fill in the gaps.
Check out the link to see Dead Space 3 first revealed at this year's E3.