Dead Space creator Glen Schofield recently shared his feelings on Dead Space Remake, including that he feels ‘a bit weird’ not being involved in the upcoming project.
Speaking with Game Informer, Schofield said that he took the announcement of Dead Space Remake “as a compliment” and is glad that the franchise was given “a second life” but was “still kind of bummed” to not be involved in the upcoming title.
“I took [the annoucnement] as a compliment. I still do take it as a compliment. I’m still kind of bummed about it too. There’s this weird, weird thing, like you’re not attached to your own game,” Schofield told Game Informer. “It’s a weird feeling. […] They want to make a game better than the one you made.”
Schofield served as the creator and executive producer of Dead Space (2008) while he was employed at Visceral Games and provided creative input on Dead Space 2 before leaving the studio to co-found Sledgehammer Games in 2009. However, Schofield was not involved with 2013’s Dead Space 3.
The remake of his original game was announced last year, and Schofield made clear that he hopes the new Dead Space succeeds: “I do wish them well because I want to see the franchise live: that’s where I want to be. I want to play it. I want them to do well. I’m glad the franchise is now given a second life.”
Since his departure from EA, Schofield has repeatedly shared his thoughts about Dead Space. In 2019, during an interview with Ars Technica, Schofield opened up about the development of the original Dead Space, telling the outlet he enjoyed making the game, that it was a “real highlight in [his] career,” and notes toward the end that hopefully, he would make “one of those games again.”
While Schofield is not working on Dead Space, Striking Distance Studio’s upcoming sci-fi survival horror game, The Callisto Protocol (which is part of the PUBG universe) bears major similarities to his previous creation. In the Game Informer article, Schofield addresses those similarities head-on: “I’m not going to shy away from a good idea because it was in one of my games. All game makers look at ideas from other games. Picasso said, ‘good artists borrow, great artists steal’. Well, why not steal from myself?”
The Callisto Protocol is currently in development and aiming for a 2022 release. When Schofield announced it in late 2020, he told us that he is trying to make “the scariest game on next-gen platforms.” The Dead Space Remake is slated to release on January 27, 2023.
Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.
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