The latest installment, "Dead Space 3", dropped just last month. Even though it's only been a few weeks, the game has seen low enough sales for Electronic Arts to cancel the next game in the series, "Dead Space 4".
According to VideoGamer, who has an anonymous source close to the project, EA stopped development of "Dead Space 4" thanks to "Dead Space 3" not meeting it's sales targets. Not only has the game been cancelled, the game was cancelled last month, not long after "Dead Space 3" launched.
It gets worse, as EA announced layoffs at both it's Los Angeles and Montreal studios. To top it off, "Dead Space 3" itself was almost cancelled mid-development, according to the anonymous course. EA wanted Visceral, the guys behind the franchise, to bring in more gamers by focusing on action over horror.
EA CEO, Jon Riccitiello, said during a January earnings call that "Dead Space 3" could easily outsell the past games in the series. He also said that the pre-orders for "Dead Space 3" were "outpacing" those for "Dead Space 2", but he gave no concrete numbers.
Electronic Arts have yet to officially announce anything about "Dead Space 4", but at this point it wouldn't surprise anyone if they announced the game's cancellation.