Dead Space and Dead Space 2 weren’t exactly short games, both taking around 12 or so hours to complete if you weren’t rushing through. However, it seems Dead Space 3 will be pulling a Resident Evil 6 in its quest to completely eclipse the past titles in terms of length.
In a recent interview with Playstation Lifestyle, senior producer David Woldman stated the following at one point:
We try to ensure that there is enough value on the disc. Times are maybe getting better, but they’re still tough on people’s incomes. Dead Space 3, just in the single campaign, by itself, is conservatively twice as long as Dead Space 1 or 2.
Of course, developers have a habit of exaggerating their games’ playtime when talking about them, since it’s always easier to market a game with a ton of content. That’s not even mentioning the fact that total length will vary depending on a certain gamer’s skill and speed.
However, if he is being truthful and you’re not the kind of person who does speedruns, then you can probably expect Dead Space 3 to last around 20 hours, which is massive for an action game with this high of a budget. In fact, one has to wonder why EA was so concerned about sales for Dead Space 3 being enough to cover its supposedly massive cost; surely if the budget were such a huge concern, they wouldn’t allow Visceral to make the game so long in the first place?
Of course, this will inevitable bring about a debate between quality and quantity. What are your thoughts, single-players? Let us know. Dead Space 3 releases Feb. 5 for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.