It looks like EA's next entry in the Dead Space franchise won't use Wii MotionPlus after all. UPDATED!
News outlet IGN confirmed today that the apparent revelation of Dead Space Extraction using Wii MotionPlus was a misunderstanding. While COO John Pleasants mentioned Dead Space: Extraction while discussing the use of WiiMotion Plus, it will not use the new technology. It is still confirmed as a major gameplay element in the upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Grand Slam Tennis, however. (JL)
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Dead Space: Extraction is slated for release later this year, and when it comes out it will support Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus peripheral.
According to EA Chief Operations Officer John Pleasants, the Wii-exclusive Dead Space spin-off will be "taking advantage of the MotionPlus controller." Announced last year at the Electronics Entertainment Expo, Wii MotionPlus is an attachment for the Wii Remote controller that aids developers in pursuing more accurate motion recognition in their games.
Pleasants also said that Dead Space: Extraction would feature zero-G dismemberment. The original Dead Space featured areas of zero gravity physics, so this announcement hints that the prequel's developers are implementing that feature for the Wii.
Pleasants made these comments at the 2009 Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, but EA recently announced separately that two other games will support the Wii MotionPlus accessory. Earlier today, an EA press release indicated that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Grand Slam Tennis would both support Nintendo's gyroscopic add-on.
Dead Space: Extraction is currently slated for a late 2009 release. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 is scheduled to come out in June, and Grand Slam Tennis is due in the summer.