We have to wait all the way until January 2011 to get our hands on Visceral Games' Dead Space 2, but the developer feels your pain and has come up with a little treat to tide over fans with a PS3 or Xbox 360 this fall.
Gamers on those platforms (it appears PC owners are out of luck...) will be able to check out Dead Space Ignition, a comic-styled prequel title set to challenge players with "puzzles and twitch gameplay". The press release states that the game will be downloadable and cover events leading up to the full sequel.
It sounds like an odd game experience -- one part choose your own adventure visual novel merged with three "unique hacking mini-games: Hardware Crack, Trace Route and System Override." No details on what these games involve have been revealed, but let's hope there's some Necromorph dismemberment in there somewhere.
If you're wondering why you should bother with a downloadable prequel, here's one reason -- those who complete it will unlock a special suit for protagonist Isaac Clarke in the full retail version of Dead Space 2. If that's not enough for you, then you might just wanna skip this one entirely. No pricing plan has been announced for Ignition, but it seems unlikely to be free -- this is EA, after all. We'll keep our ears open and share that information as soon as it becomes available.