Dead Space developer Visceral Games has made it no secret that it has had its sights set on the downloadable games market for quite a while. Well today it has decided to officially throw its hat into the ring with the announcement of Dead Space Ignition for the Xbox Live Arcade. The game will be a downloadable prequel to Dead Space 2 says the developer and is the first of many exciting game extensions we have planned for the launch of Dead Space 2, according to producer Steve Papoutsis.

From what can be gathered so far Dead Space Ignition will be a Choose your own adventure comic book style story. Ignition will fill new players in on the backstory behind Dead Space 2 and give them the motivation they need to want to dismember various aliens. You will have 4 adventures to choose from and each will come with their own unique ending unlocking items to be used in Dead Space 2 for each.

Dead Space Ignition is being developed by both Visceral Games and Sumo Digital and is slated for a Fall 2010 release window.

The press release can be found below.

Hack Through a Comic Adventure that Reveals the Events Leading up to Dead Space 2
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., – July 7, 2010 – Hours before engineer Isaac Clarke begins his adventure on The Sprawl in Dead SpaceTM 2 a Necromorph outbreak occurs – but how did the events unfold? Players will witness the horror first-hand when Visceral GamesTM, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio releases Dead Space Ignition, an all-new downloadable game that takes place on the Sprawl and challenges players to survive the initial Necromorph outbreak. Dead Space Ignition will be available in Fall 2010 on Xbox LIVETM Marketplace and the PlayStation®Network.

Dead Space Ignition is the first of many exciting game extensions we have planned for the launch of Dead Space 2, said Steve Papoutsis, Executive Producer on Dead Space franchise. The interactive comic-style game will give Dead Space fans a unique perspective on the events leading up to Dead Space 2, but will also introduce the storyline to a brand-new audience of gamers.

Dead Space Ignition combines an interactive comic-style story with three unique hacking mini games; Hardware Crack, Trace Route and System Override. Each game offers a fun and satisfying arcade experience that will challenge players with puzzles and twitch gameplay. Dead Space Ignition features a unique Choose Your Own Adventure type narrative, allowing players to survive the horrific Necromorph outbreak in multiple ways. The game offers four unique endings and upon completion of each one, players will be rewarded with unlocks including an exclusive suit, all of which can be used by Isaac Clarke in Dead Space 2 when the game releases on Jan 25, 2011.

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