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EA Studios vice president thinks Dead Space will return

Series creator Visceral currently working on Battlefield and Star Wars

The Dead Space series hasn't been permanently retired, according to EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Söderlund.

The man responsible for EA's console and PC development told Polygon: "To the largest extent we can, we want to get the game teams to work on the things they want to work on themselves. There's an incredible amount of enthusiasm over Hardline and the Star Wars game at Visceral.

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"Do I think that we will create a Dead Space game again? Yes, I think so. But when we do so, we have to think about what made the previous ones successful and how we go about envisioning Dead Space for a new generation.

"Now, I'm not announcing a Dead Space game," Söderlund added. "We're not building one just to be very clear, but I'm saying is there an opportunity or possibility to do one in the future? Absolutely."

Dead Space 3 released in February 2013. The following month, EA moved to deny rumours that it had effectively axed the Dead Space series following poor sales, noting that it was "proud of the game" and the franchise remained "an important IP".

Prior to Dead Space 3's release current EA Mobile boss Frank Gibeau, who was at the time overseeing IP development as president of EA Labels, said the publisher was thinking about how it could make the series "more broadly appealing".

He told CVG: "Ultimately you need to get to audience sizes of around five million to really continue to invest in an IP like Dead Space."

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