Starting tomorrow, Dead Space 2 pre-DLC Dead Space Ignition will be available for download on PSN. That release will be followed by the Xbox Live Arcade version on this Wednesday. But if you've pre-ordered Dead Space 2, then you know a free version is coming your way. October 13, the same day the Xbox 360 version hits, is the day you'll be able to redeem that voucher.
Ignition is a narrative-heavy prequel that offers three different hacking mini-games within an interactive comic book housing. I've read a few jokes on the Internet about Ignition being Dead Space for babies, and while I doubt that's the exactly the case, you probably should be prepared for Ignition to offer a far simpler experience than the original Dead Space did.
Here's the official game description straight from publisher EA:
Dead Space Ignition combines an interactive comic-style story with three unique hacking games; Hardware Crack, Trace Route and System Override. Each game offers a fun arcade experience that will challenge players with puzzles and twitch gameplay. Dead Space Ignition features a unique “Choose Your Own Adventure” type narrative, allowing players to survive the initial Necromorph outbreak on the Sprawl in multiple ways, with four different endings. The story was written by Antony Johnston, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of comics, graphic novels, video games and books including Wasteland, and Daredevil.
== TEASER ==Like Dead Rising 2 pre-DLC Dead Rising: Case Zero before it, Ignition will be a five-dollar download and will offer a bit of context for the events of the sequel it's attached to. Speaking about Ignition, executive producer Steve Papoutsis stated, "Ignition will show fans what happens in the hours leading up to the beginning of Dead Space 2 with gameplay that is fast-paced and accessible. It’s a fun way to dig deeper into the fiction, while allowing core fans to give Isaac Clarke an edge in Dead Space 2.”
I'm guessing the edge he's talking about is the exclusive Dead Space 2 Hacker suit that comes with the pre-purchase voucher. I suppose he could also being talking about knowledge, which always provides a solid edge… though, not exactly one sharp enough to take off a Necromorph's limbs.