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Dead Space 4 Cancelled? reports development of Dead Space 4 has been cancelled by Electronic Arts (though a next installment in the shooter series has yet to be announced) based on poor sales of Dead Space 3. They attribute this unconfirmed rumor to "a source familiar with the unannounced project" speaking on the condition of anonymity, who tells them the game was in preproduction at Visceral Games, and that a small team at Visceral Montreal was working on prototypes for the project. Their source says Visceral Montreal was closed as a result of the game being cancelled, which supports a report from a couple of weeks ago where a former Visceral Montreal employee claimed the studio's entire staff was let go. They contacted EA for comment, and were told the company does not comment on rumor or speculation (except when they chose to).

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71. Re: Dead Space 4 Cancelled? Mar 5, 2013, 17:37 Creston
Beamer wrote on Mar 5, 2013, 16:58:
You're throwing out a conspiracy theory here that does not add up.

It's not a conspiracy theory. You're just ignoring the very thing you yourself said. EA believes that massive marketing leads to massive sales. Even you somehow believe that. At the same time, marketing expenses can be deducted (and thus lead to lower tax rates, lower dividends, etc.)

So they spend heavily on marketing because they can deduct it. In their mind, they spend a dollar on marketing, said dollar increases sales, and thus revenue, AND they get to deduct it! It's like double jeopardy!

Spending on deductable expenses is like crack for corporations. Both here, in Europe, really everywhere the world over.

If EA took that 75% marketing spend, and would lower it to 10%, and make a game that their players actually really want to play, who knows, maybe they'd start actually making money again. So much money that even after all their legally-approved write-off shenanigans, they'd still have a black line on their balance sheet.

Then again, millions of people pre-ordered SimCity, so that'll never happen.


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