Electronic Arts may have announced Dead Space 3 for a release early next year, but the company has now confirmed, in partnership with Tor Books, that a new novel based on the franchise will appear this October, in the form of Dead Space: Catalyst.
The Dead Space series may not be as popular as EA wants, but the company has expanded it into all sorts of media, with special novels, comic books or animated movies appearing alongside the actual games.
Now, after confirming that Dead Space 3
is coming in 2013, EA and developer Visceral Games have revealed that a novel written by the noted horror author B. K. Evenson will be published by Tor Books.
The book is going to appear on October 2, 2012, and will focus on two brothers, who cross paths with the unscrupulous EarthGov corporation, which wants to extract as much power as possible from the Black Marker alien artifact.
“Dead Space: Catalyst takes place three hundred years in the future, where mankind is tampering with the dangerous alien technology gleaned from the Black Marker, an ancient alien artifact discovered on Earth centuries earlier. Hoping to end resource constraints that threaten to make mankind extinct, the urgency sinks the already unscrupulous EarthGov to new lows,” the book’s description reads.
“At this early stage, the Marker threat is just appearing – and is maybe even contained – except if it finds the catalyst it so desperately seeks. Two brothers, one with a special but broken mind, the other forever conflicted by the impossible chore of keeping him out of trouble, cross paths with EarthGov and the Markers at this critical juncture and forever change the course of the Marker outbreak.”
Needless to say, their adventures will be quite interesting and filled with horror elements, as the dreaded necromorphs will no doubt make an appearance at some point during the story, just like in the games.
Expect to hear more about the novel as we get closer to October.