How Dead Space's Scariest Scene Almost Killed the Game | War Stories | Ars Technica

  • Published on Jan 8, 2019
  • Glen Schofield, the co-founder of Sledgehammer Games and the creator/director of Dead Space, goes in-depth on the development of the classic third-person horror shooter. Glen set out to create the scariest video game of all-time, borrowing gameplay elements from Resident Evil 4 to create a product with a unique blend of horror and action. Always upping the ante, the Dead Space team decided to create a massive dreadful tentacle that attacks and drags the game's protagonist around the environment. Little did they know, this element would prove far more difficult to develop then they had ever realized..

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  • onlytoughonline
    onlytoughonline Hour ago

    Man, this game was incredible. The first game I actually remember the sound from, and I'm glad it got mentioned here. The very first time you enter zero gravity and all the sounds are muffled and slightly distorted blew my mind! I don't play many horror games, but this one was in pretty heavy rotation back then.

  • Bear Engine
    Bear Engine 5 hours ago

    Dang, the drag tentacle tho

  • Chaos: International

    So basically they learned how to make a game

  • Dallas Dingman
    Dallas Dingman Day ago

    As soon as he said
    There’s got to be a better way
    A toy story ad pooped up and said
    There’s nothing better

  • Mr Black Mask
    Mr Black Mask Day ago

    Please bring dead space 4

  • Graham Dale
    Graham Dale Day ago

    fantastic interview,very intelligent chap,loved the part about sound design and using the sounds of the tube station,everyone needs to admit though........the Wii control scheme is how all 3rd person perspective games should be played....of course now the nintendo switch controls have took over ....but damn they got it right...and now were still playing these games with two thumbsticks and aiming around the screen like a geriatric on acid....sad times,
    And the guy is right on the money about Resident Evil is one of the Top 5 games of all time.....i have completed resi4 three times on 3 different systems....i have never completed Dead Space even though its the superior horror game.

  • Wombat Nipples
    Wombat Nipples Day ago

    the music playing makes him look like a serial killer haha

  • Zorox 2012
    Zorox 2012 2 days ago +1

    Any one like dead space xbox 😍👍

  • Dávid Mohai
    Dávid Mohai 2 days ago

    Just played through the 3 games.They still rock. Fu***ng great job!I realised today's games are nothing compared to these masterpieces.

  • Tara Gallatin
    Tara Gallatin 2 days ago

    This has always been my all time favorite game!!

  • Hulkabilly13
    Hulkabilly13 2 days ago

    No cut scenes. Thank you.

  • Rax Xeronos
    Rax Xeronos 3 days ago

    You know what I liked about the tentacle? It comes at you too slow to really be a jumpscare, the shock kicks in as it slams you on the ground (like he explained) and you realize it's pulling you to your death. To slow for it to make you jump but fast enough that you can't avoid it. It kinda casually moves into frame.

  • Koray Mate
    Koray Mate 3 days ago

    Dead space 4? I’m still asking because I must see the story continue, especially on planet earth. Plz

  • hegotaspare
    hegotaspare 3 days ago +3

    Imagine what Dead Space 4 would look like now with 4K graphics and Dolby Atmos.

  • Radim Polame
    Radim Polame 3 days ago +2

    Best horor game

  • Emmanuel Rodriguez
    Emmanuel Rodriguez 3 days ago

    Bring dead space back:(

  • Phil Sheppard
    Phil Sheppard 3 days ago

    Given that DS & DS 2 are proper DS games, it'd be fantastic to have a third in the series! Sadly, because some idiots went & ruined DS 3 already, it's hard to see how they can now make another great one & be trusted. :( Maybe they could make a prequel to DS & assure us that the idiots who ruined DS 3 are in NO WAY involved eh? :)

  • Sharif Ali
    Sharif Ali 3 days ago

    newer games focused on graphics but storyline is like cowshit & repetitive

  • Zalanta7 gmail
    Zalanta7 gmail 3 days ago

    u should think of making DS4 sooner or later

  • Carlos Victor Mandela
    Carlos Victor Mandela 3 days ago +1

    I've only played the arrival (first 20 minutes) and just with that I can say this is one of the best sci fi games ever made.

    SUNNDROPNN 4 days ago

    He sounds like Ben Diesel

  • Revulsion
    Revulsion 4 days ago +3

    Imagine Dead Space with today’s graphics, oh boy.

    • DuckieMcduck
      DuckieMcduck 16 hours ago

      I honestly do not think graphics make a horror experience as much as Sound Design and Atmosphere. I personally find that simple graphics are enough to have your mind fill the blanks, so ultra detailed graphics may not even do that much.

  • Weston Rivera
    Weston Rivera 4 days ago

    close your eyes and imagine Vin Diesel

  • Phil Rowe
    Phil Rowe 4 days ago

    Dead Space Extraction was one of the most enjoyable games I've worked on. Design was solid, no messing around.

  • S A M
    S A M 4 days ago

    I really like dead space 2,3..Hope for another dead space

  • Francesca fra
    Francesca fra 4 days ago

    Y'all kill Dead space with the third one, pfff cowards!!

  • Larine
    Larine 4 days ago

    A huge time saver would have been a scripted moment when after the tentacle slammed you down, you see a new weapon on the floor and pick it up, and you can only use that for the sequence, alot less animation work

  • Tony O'Neal
    Tony O'Neal 4 days ago

    i think good scary games are scarier than movies.

  • Bootie Warrior
    Bootie Warrior 5 days ago

    sigh i miss dead space so much

  • Ron Wells
    Ron Wells 5 days ago

    How much is EA tring to sell Dead Space? There is still more story to explore.

  • Nikita Zonin
    Nikita Zonin 5 days ago

    this guy is a legend!

  • Nikhil Kumar
    Nikhil Kumar 5 days ago

    One of the greatest horror trilogies.

  • vacationboyvideos
    vacationboyvideos 5 days ago

    Dead space 4 please or remake

  • Wayne Hinkel
    Wayne Hinkel 5 days ago

    We need a VR version of Dead Space!

  • Josef Vargas
    Josef Vargas 5 days ago

    Epic game

  • Hantăr Ionuț
    Hantăr Ionuț 5 days ago

    We need more games like dead space, respect !

  • Douglas Wentworth
    Douglas Wentworth 5 days ago

    Skip to 11:00 you're welcome

  • Roland Rios V
    Roland Rios V 5 days ago +1

    On the thumbnail he looks a bit like B.J. Blazkowicz

  • John Halo
    John Halo 5 days ago +2

    so much effort and passion
    no wonder its so damn good

    AMIRREZA ZAMIRI 5 days ago

    We need DS 4

  • Sufyan Siddiqui
    Sufyan Siddiqui 5 days ago

    EA may have killed Visceral Studios but it’s very possible for some other studio to pick up the game and continue where Visceral left. I mean this is literally what happed with Tell Tale games The Walking Dead final season.

  • ArngrimTV
    ArngrimTV 5 days ago

    Kinda funny he says RE4 was some of the biggest inspirations. Both RE4 and Dead Space (1\2) are amongst my top 5 games, and ive replayed them over 20 times each by now. Never gets old.

  • Warfighter 31
    Warfighter 31 5 days ago

    I know it’s far fetched, but I hope him and the others from Visceral make another studio and make another Dead Space or something else

  • Jeremiah Reeves
    Jeremiah Reeves 5 days ago

    Put it on switch!

  • Jaff Tzaferis
    Jaff Tzaferis 5 days ago +3

    Dead Space 1 & 2 were incredible... Such a sense of dread. Defs one of my fave franchises. Also, "layer management" is basically "process of elimination"

    • Rax Xeronos
      Rax Xeronos 3 days ago

      Eh...kinda think they were too heavy on necromorphs. Liked the games but by the end of 2 I was just wanting it done. And I just stopped 3 early. The games start good but there comes a point where they go overboard with enemy numbers.

  • Mitch Smith
    Mitch Smith 5 days ago

    I come to this video after every E3 that Dead Space 4 isn't announced... 😔

  • Haunted Knight
    Haunted Knight 6 days ago

    I've always said horror directors need some therapy...

  • Matt White
    Matt White 6 days ago +9

    This game is an absolute classic. Shame the studio got EAed.

  • babyjoe00069
    babyjoe00069 6 days ago

    Dead Space games are awesome, I was actually scared walking in this game lol, especially playing in the dark.

  • Bizzo1984
    Bizzo1984 6 days ago

    Why can't there just be 1 MORE Dead Space game! Favorite series of ALL TIME!!! Unbeatable......

  • Alan Arzate
    Alan Arzate 6 days ago

    Dead space 4 make it happen EA

  • Sgic JR
    Sgic JR 6 days ago +1

    seeing developers pure passion when talking about games they worked on is so god damn pure

  • Shane
    Shane 6 days ago

    I rmbr playing the lite version of this when I was like 10. Had to have my dad sleep in my room fr a few nights :/

  • Schmusekatze42
    Schmusekatze42 6 days ago

    Mr Channing Tatum of the Computer Game World.

  • Estevan Martinez
    Estevan Martinez 6 days ago

    Dead space is better than halo

  • Itriyum
    Itriyum 6 days ago

    Can we get a dead space 1 and 2 remake?

  • zSz
    zSz 6 days ago +5

    I miss Dead Space,. Really like the gameplay and the looks.

  • Timmy
    Timmy 6 days ago

    should've asked why there's no dead space 4.

  • maggoteater
    maggoteater 6 days ago +6

    It's really good to see how passionate people are about their project and u can feel that he doesn't just makes that up how he talks about creating this game

  • zilos05
    zilos05 6 days ago

    even this vid is scary...

  • ankur verma
    ankur verma 6 days ago

    We want dead space 4 in decima engine or unreal engine 4

  • b r a u n h e i s e Я

    When your car mechanic is a renowned horror game developer

  • Fatema Yesmin
    Fatema Yesmin 6 days ago +1

    This series was awesome but why not they continue this series
    It would be more awesome ...

  • Hero33 _
    Hero33 _ 6 days ago

    Dead Space 4 incoming?

  • Krieglietz Kohl
    Krieglietz Kohl 6 days ago +6

    Dead space told me to always stomp the bodies that are "dead"

    That's how you develop anxiety 101

    • Keven Monge
      Keven Monge 6 days ago

      It’s true...I didn’t do it and guess what, 2 necromorphs behind me “Sigh” lol

  • Francesco Schettino
    Francesco Schettino 6 days ago

    This game clearly heavily was influenced by F.E.A.R, which also remains in my View the only shooter that really captivated the atmosphere of a truly freighting game without being too brutal or show too much.
    Even Fear 2 was pretty good.

    • Groza Dallocort
      Groza Dallocort 6 days ago

      S.T.A.L.K.E.R says hello first time meeting the bloodsucker and controller in agropow underground and the underground labs still remember it

  • Mr No Name The Third

    I want a dead space 1 and 2 Remake

  • Strat
    Strat 6 days ago

    Tell me this dude is still designing games.

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    VIKRAM YADUWANSHI 7 days ago

    Anyone wants dead space sequel?

  • Someone Bored
    Someone Bored 7 days ago

    The scariest game of all time? Not even close babyyyyy!!!!!

  • j l
    j l 7 days ago

    The stomp mechanic was absolutely essential for player psyche. In every installment of the series I remember going down an innocuous hall only to be jumped by three or four necros out of nowhere causing me to use most of my remaining ammo and bringing me within an inch of my life and no more health packs. Adrenaline sky high and anger at it's peak, I would stomp those fuckers for a good twenty or thirty seconds until it was out of my system. Definitely helped keep me from rage quitting multiple times.

  • Bryan Smith
    Bryan Smith 7 days ago

    This man sounds just like Vin diesel

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    I'm 27 old i still play horror game

  • Monikan Cultist
    Monikan Cultist 7 days ago +2

    This gives the perspective of the challenges faces by game devs. Kudos for making such an awesome game.

  • Sufyan Siddiqui
    Sufyan Siddiqui 7 days ago +1

    I want Dead Space 1 2 3 remastered with Ray Tracing.

    • Sufyan Siddiqui
      Sufyan Siddiqui 5 days ago

      blaakheart8 Yes I have played all 3 of the Dead Space games. Maybe you noticed something wrong with your character model which maybe patched after the update or something. I don’t know. It was fine for me in both games.

    • blaakheart8
      blaakheart8 5 days ago

      @Sufyan Siddiqui the third one was stiff and if you really played the two of them you would have seen the difference, and that the third one the character models were not nice
      It didn't stop me from playing it but I liked the way how two looked. What I think should happen the guy responsible for re4 who also made evil within and glen should make dead space 4, because those two really know what they are doing

    • Sufyan Siddiqui
      Sufyan Siddiqui 5 days ago

      blaakheart8 What you are saying is no valid reason for hating a game. It’s your own personal taste. Some people like what you hate, and some people hate what you like.

    • Sufyan Siddiqui
      Sufyan Siddiqui 5 days ago

      blaakheart8 I googled both games character models and I think they both look beautiful when compared with dead space 1 character models. And If you are simply hating the game because of added realism and little change in character model than you should hate rise of the tomb raider and shadow of the tomb raider as well because they changed Lara crofts face in both games.

    • blaakheart8
      blaakheart8 5 days ago

      @Sufyan Siddiqui I played it at least 40 times, it's not nearly as bad as the critics said it was but it's character design was ugly and they went with too much realism with the freeze dry blood when an enemy is defeated. And if you don't understand look at the character models of ds2 and look back at ds3 and you will see what I mean

  • Abram Little
    Abram Little 7 days ago

    great game

  • WindChimes
    WindChimes 7 days ago

    4:10 still scares the fuk outta me

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  • Loknath Shankar
    Loknath Shankar 7 days ago

    I got so scared when playing this I just hacked to get unlimited ammo and shot anything whicb moved. 😂

  • Ralph Angelo
    Ralph Angelo 7 days ago +11

    The drag tentacle definitely traumatized me. I was always scared of when it'll be back.

  • Sploady Cat
    Sploady Cat 7 days ago

    I forgot what i was gunna comment about so thats how this one was made

    INDIAN KITCHEN 7 days ago +2

    We want Dead Space 4, with an entire new character but with easter eggs of Issac

      INDIAN KITCHEN 6 days ago +1

      ​@N I E L bro seriously I'm bored with the story now, and feel like it needs a new story with which characters have another reasons to go to space which eventually gets to know what's going on, different character with different reasons to go to space u know, It'll make it more interesting I think

    • N I E L
      N I E L 6 days ago +1

      the only problem is.. who?

  • Michael Ofrecia
    Michael Ofrecia 7 days ago

    This guy sounds like vin deasel

  • john bevan
    john bevan 7 days ago +8

    Give this man a blank cheque for a remake of The Thing video game.👌

  • Paul Masonik
    Paul Masonik 7 days ago

    Please please make another dead space!! I'll pre-order and I never pre-order anything

  • Low Honor Arthur Morgan

    I had a son once, his name was Isaac

  • Mlucious67
    Mlucious67 7 days ago

    Dead space was a awesome game. Just imagine playing Dead space or Bioshock in VR. That would give you a heart attack

  • Dexter Sullen 'TRUTH'
    Dexter Sullen 'TRUTH' 8 days ago +1

    Only thing I understood after this video, is this guy is *mentally disturbed*

    • Groza Dallocort
      Groza Dallocort 5 days ago

      What about the guys that make Final Destinaton and SAW?

  • EdyGk2K'sOnlyTM 2k
    EdyGk2K'sOnlyTM 2k 8 days ago

    I gotta say they scared the crap out of me..If only this guy knew how many time I cussed him when I was almost having a heart attack playing these games.. .. Jeeesus.. I hated that tension but I was keep playing. Weird stuff. But enjoyed it every bit. 😁

  • Chazz Ascoli
    Chazz Ascoli 8 days ago +2

    Back when people wanted to make a great game not some piece of crap riddled with microtransactions that dont even add to the gaming experience

  • Bradley Unknown
    Bradley Unknown 8 days ago

    The guy who made dead space made all the worse call of duties?

  • Bradley Unknown
    Bradley Unknown 8 days ago

    Idk that ear rape is the best way to design a game XD

  • Diego Morales
    Diego Morales 8 days ago

    Man thank you for that magnificent game

  • Keynan Martinez
    Keynan Martinez 8 days ago +1

    Dead Space is one of the most influenced horror games of all time in the same position as Resident Evil 4. Honestly the dismemberment is the best part of the series because it's original and not everything dies by the head so you have to think outside the box. Still I wish the franchise had a proper ending but I hope with the right care we maybe will get Dead Space 4 on day.

  • Victor Vicente
    Victor Vicente 8 days ago +3

    My fav game, no words, miss That feel of true fear while playing a game 💟💟💟💞

  • Scarface RGF
    Scarface RGF 9 days ago

    Never forget who is responsible of destroying this small super company who created the best scariest freaking game ever EA

  • woeissylar 1
    woeissylar 1 9 days ago +1

    Glenn please reboot the series 😭😭😭 you amazing man you

    • blaakheart8
      blaakheart8 6 days ago

      Make dead space 4, no need for a rebot

  • JFL S
    JFL S 9 days ago +4

    This guy is under contract? He can’t tell us what was cut to implement the tentacle? After 10 years? What?

    • James C
      James C 5 days ago

      He doesn't care what was cut because he wanted the tentacle, so he forgot