Dead Space 3 dated; new features detailed

EA has announced a February 8th 2013 release date for Dead Space 3. People who pre-order the game today will be upgraded to the Limited Edition for the same price. The Limited Edition is bundled with two DLC packs – First Contact and Witness the Truth. Both packs will endow players with new suits and weapons.

EA also announced a brand new gameplay feature for this franchise; weapon crafting. Apparently this was a highly requested fan feature and Visceral kindly obliged. Isaac can now salvage components to create tools of death at workbenches spread throughout the game.

To promote this feature, EA has also kicked off a contest called the Tools of Terror competition whereby its encouraging fans of the franchise to send in ideas for well, tools of terror. The winners will get to see their weapon in the game and will also be immortalized in Dead Space 3 forever as an NPC (Non Playable Character).

In case you’re interested in the pre-order bonus, here’s a detailed look at both DLC packs:

First Contact Bundle

First Contact Suit: This unique EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) suit was built by the SCAF (Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces) for encounters with “foreign entities.” It sports a flamboyant golden finish to provide protection from long-term space exposure and thick armor for… unspecified reasons. The suit was given the nickname “First Contact” by the scientists who made it.

Negotiator Weapon: While technically classified by the SCAF as a “scientific instrument,” the gold-plated “Negotiator” is loaded with some surprisingly aggressive hardware. The overclocked, top-mounted Tesla Beam is capable of bursting a man-sized organism into several pieces with a single shot. The bottom-mounted Linegun appears to have been built with the sole purpose of cleanly dismembering organic tissue from a distance.

Witness the Truth Bundle

Witness Suit: These insulated suits were worn by a SCAF deep dig team assigned to exhume the darkest secrets of Tau Volantis. Whatever they found locked deep in the ice changed them forever. When they emerged weeks later, they were covered head to toe in strange graffiti and claimed to be “Witnesses to the Truth.”

Evangelizer Weapon: A modification of the standard AL-2 used by the Sovereign Colonies Legionaries, this version sports a souped-up AL-2g assault rifle on the top with an Emerson 2100 “Big Boy” tactical shotgun on the bottom. The surviving “Witnesses” of the SCAF deep dig team dubbed it the Evangelizer and decorated them top to bottom with strange symbols.

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