After a report from Videogamer indicated that Visceral Montreal was closed down and Dead Space 4 cancelled due to the poor performance of the recently released third game, EA immediately responded by saying that the franchise was alive and well.
An EA spokesperson has already stated that, “While we have not announced sales for Dead Space 3, we are proud of the game and the franchise remains an important IP to EA.
Meanwhile, several designers and leads across Visceral and EA have debunked the report. From Ul Lead at Dead Space developer Visceral Games, Dino Ignacio who responded very elegantly…
The reports of our death were greatly exaggerated. Please stand by.
— Dino Ignacio (@DinoIgnacio) March 5, 2013
To EA creative director Ian Milham (also ex-art director for Dead Space), who rubbished the report on Twitter:
@32nds Almost nothing in that article is true. But thanks for the nice words on DS!
— Ian Milham (@Monkey_Pants) March 5, 2013
And finally official word through Gamasutra – and you better believe their industry connections – stating the same:
Rumors about poor Dead Space 3 sales and an unannounced Dead Space 4 being cancelled are “patently false,” EA tells us. Spread the word!
— Gamasutra (@gamasutra) March 5, 2013
So while we don’t doubt that Visceral Montreal has undergone changes, it seems those didn’t lead to Dead Space 4 being cancelled or the series being canned.