EA still hasn't yet officially confirmed the existence of Dead Space 3, but we can all now be pretty sure it's a Thing, and one that includes some sort of co-op component, thanks to a batch of leaked screens posted by All Games Beta. Several of the screens show someone in Isaac Clarke's blue-lit armor fighting alongside someone in a similar get-up, with glowing red lights. I suppose this could just be an NPC ally... but yeah, probably not.
One of the images also seems to reveal another new element that's been added to the game, in the form of a gun-toting Necromorph. Projectile-spewing Necromorphs are nothing new for the series, but they all fall more into the realm of "slavering beastie." The above enemy looks almost human, and it definitely appears to be wielding some sort of two-handed firearm. What could this mean?
The zombie-like humanoid in the above image is also decked out in what appears to be snow gear, further supporting rumors of an ice planet setting for the next game. These screens appear following EA's release of a Dead Space graphic novel trailer which offers one soldier's perspective -- your co-op ally, perhaps? -- on a Necromorph infestation, on the ice planet of Uxor.
The existence of Dead Space 3 is no longer a question after this week, thanks to these new screen. We'll presumably know more by the end of next week, when E3 2012 comes to a close.