Dead Space: Extraction might not have been the out-of-the-gate success Electronic Arts was hoping for (and it's a good game, too!), but elsewhere, Dead Space was a critical and commercial success. Gamers (myself included) have demanded Dead Space 2 and several leaks have reinforced suspicions, while EA looks in the other direction. A Reuters report this morning stated Dead Space 2 was in development for a 2010 release rather matter of factly, but EA's staying quiet.
"This comment by the Reuters reporter is speculative," said an EA spokesperson in an e-mailed statement. "The article refers to Dead Space Extraction and refers to last year’s Dead Space as a hit last fall on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. There is no announcement for a Dead Space sequel (or in this case, prequel) beyond Dead Space Extraction."
Of course, EA's statement does little to refute the idea of a Dead Space 2, only saying "hey, we haven't said anything yet...so, shhh!"