Visceral Games have announced they will release a downloadable prequel to their upcoming action-horror sequel Dead Space 2 this fall.
The game, entitled Dead Space Ignition (“Ignition” being the part of the announcement teased yesterday by Visceral in a piece of game artwork), will let players experience the first wave of the Necromorph outbreak on the Sprawl. It will feature an “interactive comic-style story” that will play out like a Choose Your Own Adventure story, and will include four distinct endings, each of which will net players unique unlocks that can be used in Dead Space 2.
Ignition will also feature three hacking minigames—Hardware Crack, Trace Route, and System Override—along with puzzles and plenty of “twitch gameplay.” New York Times bestselling author Antony Johnston, author of the six-book Dead Space comic series, wrote the game, which, as Dead Space 2 executive producer Steve Papoutsis explained in a press release, is just the first such project coming down the line.
“Dead Space Ignition is the first of many exciting game extensions we have planned for the launch of Dead Space 2. The interactive comic-style game will give Dead Space fans a unique perspective on the events leading up to Dead Space 2, and will also introduce the storyline to a brand-new audience of gamers.”
Dead Space Ignition will be available on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace sometime this fall.