Yes, the sequel offers options beyond the claustrophobic single-player experience. Thankfully, Visceral Games set up two discrete teams for the sequel so that a multiplayer mode could be designed from the ground up without feeling like a tacked-on landgrab. "The plan with Dead Space 2’s MP has always been to try and create something that could only be done in the Dead Space universe," says Papoutsis. "Rather than trying to tack on something like free-for-all Death Match, the team focused on creating an experience that has all of the atmosphere and core principles of Dead Space, including strategic dismemberment, our various weapons, and—of course—Necromorphs."

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