Earlier there was rumour that Dead Space 4 had been canned following the poor sales of Dead Space 3, and EA later released a statement that it was false.
Peter Moore, COO of EA, actually ended up commenting on GamesIndustry and accused the website (Videogamer) of making up the story for ad revenue.
“Standard, shoddy website journalism recipe, born out of a desperate need to increase click-thru rates to support advertising revenue,” he wrote.
“Fabricate a story using an “unnamed source”, post it first thing in the morning, add the letters” EA” to the story (oh, and link it to micro-transactions – always a fan favourite) and then stand back and enjoy the vitriol which you turn into revenue. Rinse and repeat…”
Here’s the screengrab of the said comment.
The person who posted the comment is indeed Peter Moore and he had some more things to write.
“Thanks Matt – yes it’s me, and in answer to the question above, my comments were fairly and squarely aimed at Videogamer. My issue is not the rejection of community feedback (we get that in bucketloads all day long and we learn from it in real time), rather it was the fabrication of a story in order to generate controversy and ultimately readership.”
Sadly, he looks really pissed off by the whole incident. We will keep you updated.