Dead Space 3’s Executive Producer Steve Papoutsis has revealed that the upcoming third-person horror title will feature four additional difficulty modes that will be unlocked after the first playthrough. Papoutsis also revealed that there will be a “disturbing” post-launch DLC. The third installment of the game is set on the freezing planet of Tau Volantis, the source of the Necromorph plague.

Two of the four modes, Classic and Hardcore, have clearly been made for those familiar with the earlier games. Classic mode is a single-player affair that ditches the game's revamped crosshairs and resource management elements to give a feel more similar to the game’s previous iterations. The Hardcore mode only gives players one life for the entire campaign. The Dead Space 2 also had a Hardcore mode, which allowed players a generous three saves for the entire game, but Dead Space 3 doesn’t afford players any such luxury.

Isaac Clarke

Isaac Clarke, the protagonist of Dead Space 3

There's also a New Game+ mode that lets you start a new game with all your upgrades and arsenal intact, besides a Pure Survival mode where everything in the game has to be crafted. “Enemies ONLY drop resources, and there’s no ammo, health, or weapon parts to be found,” Papoutsis said. “You’ll have to choose what to craft every time you see a bench. Upgrade? Med Pack? Plasma Core? Think fast — there’s a Waster right around the corner!

Papoutsis also gave a little teaser about a post-game campaign DLC. “The team is hard at work on a top secret additional story that will be coming in a few weeks,” he said. “We're not saying much, yet—but think 'disturbing' to get your imaginations going.

He also explained a new gameplay element in Dead Space 3 called scavenger bots. He said, “Another cool feature of DS3 is the scavenger bot. Everybody will find at least one of these bots in the game [and there (are) a couple hidden ones to pick up, too.] The Scavenger Bot is an autonomous robot that can harvest resources for you and deliver them to the Tool Construction bench. Resources include stuff like somatic gel, scrap metal, tungsten – materials that you can use to craft into anything you want, like a health pack or weapon part.

The game, developed by Visceral Games, will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on February 5 in North America and February 8 in Europe. Make sure you check out our preview of Dead Space 3.

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