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The Dead Space franchise is only a year old, but the universe has already amassed a sizable backstory encompassing ancient alien artifacts, covert government experiments, and underground religious operations. With two games, a comic spin-off, and an animated prequel, several sources feed into and expand the lore of Dead Space. Dead Space 2 incorporates all of this material and moves it forward. “Everything that happens in Dead Space 1 is relevant to what happens in Dead Space 2,” Visceral Game’s senior production designer Ben Wanat told us. With that in mind, we combed through the game logs and grilled the franchise's creative team to unearth a few clues that hint to where the franchise is headed next.
The BasicsThe core premise of Dead Space is simple. In the 26th century, humanity has exhausted most of the Earth’s natural resources, bringing its population precariously close to extinction. In order to feed the beasts of commerce and industry, humanity turns to the stars, searching for new raw materials on other planets. Giant vessels called “planetcrackers” travel the galaxy, mining the universe’s nearly inexhaustible resources.
The USG Ishimura was the first planetcracker, and it performed its function admirably for over 60 years. Then, during a routine missions to the planet Aegis VII, the Ishimura uncovered the Red Marker – a giant curved obelisk covered in alien script. As the Dead Space comics revealed, strange organic matter found near the Marker was brought aboard the ship. Once the crew was exposed to this unusual substance, a zombie-like outbreak ensued. Nearly the entire ship’s complement of 1,300 crew members were either killed or transformed into monstrous creatures called Necromorphs.
The original Dead Space chronicles protagonist Isaac Clarke’s attempt to answer the Ishimura’s distress call, as well as his own confrontation with the Necromorphs and the Marker. But the larger story is far more detailed than the game lets on. To gain clues about where the series is headed, it’s important to focus more closely on some of the bigger factions within the Dead Space universe.
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Nice story, always thought Dead Space had a pretty decent one.
The first was the first videogame to scare me if not startle me, with its scifi lore, this franchise is a terrifyingly immersive series.
I can't wait to see how things go in Dead Space 2. This is a great game and will have a following for a very long time.
Loved the first game. Clearly, the real monster in the first game was Isaac Clarke, brutally mutilating those things. Well, that was what my friend kept going on about while he watched me play.
I must commend you for writing such a stellar article/feature on Dead Space! Reading up on the series' lore makes me want to go through the original one more time, perhaps on Hard Mode using only the Cutter? Hrmmmm.... difficult, and yet doable. Once again, great job! :)
I really enjoyed this examination of the 'Dead Space' mythos. Having played the first game, and having loved it, this was not only a great refresher, but shed some new details as well.
For people who have NOT played 'Dead Space' 1 though yet, I feel this article should have had a BIG "SPOILER" warning at the beginning!
Wow, great article. I'm definitely even more anxious to play the first and the second than I already was.
I would be careful, though, if I were the developer. It seems like they're already beginning to delude the franchise. There's nothing wrong with expansive content, but always keep a tight reign on needless "plot twists" as they'll dilute the original concept until it becomes to complicated and vacuous for anyone to appreciate.
i love dead space
the first game was what survivor horror really ment. and let me say i pissed in my pants first time playing it
they gave away the setting of dead space 2
This is the best summarozatopn of the first game's story that I've seen yet.
Gosh I can't wait till this game comes out. The first one was Epic
omg that just made me SOOOO pumped for the sequel. I LOVED the first dead space and people were just telling me dude its just like a resident evil game but instead of zombies you have aliens. and you just cut them up. Yes it is and for that it has GREAT gameplay. but the story is amazing, a lot of it was unclear to me and now it all makes sense. and i cannot wait to see what happens in the beginning of Dead Space 2.
The end of the first game did have my jaw drop and have me audibly say 'epic'. Quite excited to see how the second one starts up.
Dead space sucks
Cannot wait till dead space 2 :D
Dont you just love futuristic distopic games?