Dead Space 3 may have disappointed some fans of the original title with the massive focus on action sequences found in the new game. According to Antony Johnston, the award-winning writer of the original Dead Space, this was a "necessary evil in order to broaden the fan-base."

Speaking to NowGamer, Johnson said that this was always the intention of the next title.

"I know the developers always wanted to go bigger, in terms of scope," Johnston said. "And I've mentioned before that the universe we created was huge, with lots of elements, which simply didn't make it into the first game. So to get that story told, to round out the universe, it was inevitable the settings and environments would open out a bit, become a bit more epic in scale."

Repeating the formula of the first game over and over would've been "pretty dull."

"You'd just have the same game on a different ship each time," Johnston said. Johnston did not work Dead Space 2 or 3, but moved on to other projects. His preferences are more rooted in scares, Antony said.

"I'm personally a big fan of old-school survival horror, and that was one of the main reasons I wanted to work on Dead Space," Johnston said. "So the greater emphasis on big action in the sequels means they're not really for me."

Dead Space 3 dropped February 5 on console and PC. Are you playing it? What do you think of the new title? Let us know.

[via NowGamer]