New Dead Space game confirmed, rumored to have co-op

Electronic Arts is one of the leakiest publishers around. While there have been murmurs about Dead Space 3 for quite some time, the publisher only recently confirmed that "a new title from the Dead Space franchise is coming this fiscal year."

Earlier rumors suggested Isaac Clarke's third journey would take him to an icy planet. However, a new report suggests Isaac won't be alone for this outing. Dead Space 3 will supposedly feature support for drop-in, drop-out co-op.

"Isaac Clarke will, if players choose, fight alongside a man with a gnarly scar on his face, an engineering RIG of his own, and glowing red eyes peering from his helmet," IGN's report details. The two will work in tandem to survive the new environment. For example, both players can use telekinesis to solve puzzles, or share health packs and ammo. During single-player, the character will simply act as Isaac's guide.

Moving towards co-op is a logical evolution for the franchise, given both Resident Evil 5 and 6 emphasize the feature heavily. In addition to offering co-op, the report also claims that the game will allow for more agile movement. Isaac will be able to crouch in the third game, giving him the ability to hide behind small objects as cover. In addition, there's a new evasive roll that allows him to jump to the side, away from oncoming enemies.

While EA has confirmed a new Dead Space game, they wouldn't talk about these rumored details, simply stating "we don't have any more detail at this time."