Dead Space Ignition is an action-puzzle game published by Electronic Arts for the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Megatube and Sumo Digital created it. It is a sequel to the survival horror third-person shooter video game Dead Space 2, published on October 12, 2010.
Executive producer Steve Papoutsis describes the game as an “interactive comic-style game.” It was created by Antony Johnston, who also wrote the Dead Space games and comic book series. Upon completion of the game, players will earn additional gear for Dead Space 2, including a hacker-themed suit with 15% armor and 15 inventory spaces, as well as a bonus to the game’s hacking sections. A hacker-themed Contact Beam weapon, extra power nodes, health packs, ammunition, and audio logs are also given to players. These bonuses can be found in “conduit rooms,” which can be unlocked with a finished Dead Space Ignition save the file. According to the EA news release, Ignition “takes place on the Sprawl [the setting of Dead Space 2] and challenges players to escape the initial Necromorph outbreak,” which then sets up the plot of Dead Space 2. According to executive producer Steve Papoutsis, the game, the first of a series of related updates, “will provide Dead Space aficionados a fresh perspective on the events leading up to Dead Space 2, and will also expose the tale. To a brand-new audience of gamers.” The events of Dead Space Ignition occur before the events of Dead Space 2.