Gamescom 2012: Dead Space 3 Slated for Early February Release

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Dead Space 3, the next iteration in the space-based survival-horror franchise from Visceral Games and Electronic Arts, has finally set an official date for its arrival on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC – February 5, 2013 (February 8, 2013 in Europe).

The game will include a new campaign that can be played alone or with a friend via local and online co-op, as well as an “all new weapon crafting system” that allows players to create new equipment from blueprints found in-game that can produce upwards of “millions of permutations”.

Players interested in attaining as much Dead Space 3 content as possible should consider picking up a pre-order for The Dead Space 3 Limited Edition. This pre-order only special edition packs in initial access to the first two content bundles First Contact and Witness the Truth.

First Contact Bundle DLC Features

  • First Contact Suit: This unique EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) suit was built by the SCAF (Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces) for encounters with “foreign entities.” It sports a flamboyant golden finish to provide protection from long-term space exposure and thick armor for… unspecified reasons. The suit was given the nickname “First Contact” by the scientists who made it.
  • Negotiator Weapon: While technically classified by the SCAF as a “scientific instrument,” the gold-plated “Negotiator” is loaded with some surprisingly aggressive hardware. The overclocked, top-mounted Tesla Beam is capable of bursting a man-sized organism into several pieces with a single shot. The bottom-mounted Linegun appears to have been built with the sole purpose of cleanly dismembering organic tissue from a distance.

Witness the Truth DLC Features

  • Witness Suit: These insulated suits were worn by a SCAF deep dig team assigned to exhume the darkest secrets of Tau Volantis. Whatever they found locked deep in the ice changed them forever. When they emerged weeks later, they were covered head to toe in strange graffiti and claimed to be “Witnesses to the Truth.”
  • Evangelizer Weapon: A modification of the standard AL-2 used by the Sovereign Colonies Legionaries, this version sports a souped-up AL-2g assault rifle on the top with an Emerson 2100 “Big Boy” tactical shotgun on the bottom. The surviving “Witnesses” of the SCAF deep dig team dubbed it the Evangelizer and decorated them top to bottom with strange symbols.

Remember, you can’t start killing those silly necromorphs until next Februrary – so be patient and go play Darksiders II for the time being. I heard it’s pretty good.

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