Dead Space 3 pre-order bonuses

by: Nathaniel -
Before we get to the meat of this news item, can we talk about naming conventions in science fiction for a moment?

Dead Space 3 takes places on the colony world of Tau Volantis.  Tau Volantis sounds cool, but how does it get to be the name of a planet or colony or whatever?  After some hunting around on the Internet, I discovered that Volantis is related to the latin word for flight and the Southern constellation known as the flying fish.  It's also the name of one of the Nine Free Cities of Essos from A Song of Ice and Fire, but I already knew that.

Tau, on the other hand, is a sub-atomic particle and the 19 letter of the Greek alphabet.  It's also a protein found in the human brain.

Tau Volantis is a weird name for a planet and I really hope it's explained in Dead Space 3.  I hope at least it's the 19th human colony founded (because I think we've already discovered more than 19 planets), or something like that, because I hate the random smashing together of cool or futuristic sounding words to make sci-fi names just because they sound cool.

But I digress....

Anyway, if you pre-order Dead Space 3 from Gamestop, you'll receive the EarthGov-built EG-900 SMG and if you pre-order from Amazon.com you'll get the Sovereign Colonies-built Tesla Enervator.

To learn more, follow the jump or visit www.deadspace.com.  You can also follow Dead Space on Twitter (@deadspace) and Facebook

Dead Space 3 will be out on February 5th.
EA SENDS DEAD SPACE 3 PLAYERS INTO THE VIOLENT, HOSTILE WORLD OF TAU VOLANTIS ARMED WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS

Exclusive Pre-Order Bonuses Available Now Through GameStop and Amazon

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Dec. 3, 2012 – Visceral Games, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, today announced that fans who pre-order Dead Space™ 3 from GameStop* will receive the EG-900 SMG and from Amazon* the Tesla Enervator. These exclusive weapons will help players on their mission to destroy the horrifying and mysterious Markers and stop the bloody Necromorph infestation once and for all. Throughout Dead Space 3, unwilling heroes Isaac and Carver put their engineering and military skills to the test as they scavenge for parts and assemble their ultimate tools for survival. While exploring different locations, players can hunt for parts, break down tools, build devastating new weapons and share them with a friend to defeat whatever terrors stand in their way.

The bonus pre-order items** include:

EG-900 SMG available at GameStop
This EarthGov-issued sub machinegun is built for urban warfare. It’s compact but deadly, sporting an internal hyper-accelerator maximum damage.

Tesla Enervator available at Amazon
Sovereign Colonies scientists developed the “Enervator” from an overdriven focus coil to “humanely” eliminate dangerous specimens. The Enervator delivers a precision blast causing instantaneous electrocution and molecular destabilization in the target. In test subjects, death was instantaneous.

Winner of more than 15 critic awards at E3 2012 including Best of Show from Game Informer Magazine, Dead Space 3 cuts to the heart of deep space terror. The game is recognized by game critics worldwide for its incredible craftsmanship in horror, action, suspense and sound design. Players will embark on a thrilling ride through space that takes them to a hostile new planet, Tau Volantis. Fortunately, they are not alone this time around. The fully integrated drop-in/drop-out co-op feature gives players the option to play alone or team-up with a friend anytime. Players that choose to take down the terror together will experience additional story details, side missions and gameplay mechanics only found when playing as John Carver.

Dead Space 3 will be available on February 5, 2013 in North America and February 8, 2013 in Europe for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the PC.

For additional information and news, please visit www.deadspace.com, follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/deadspace, or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/deadspace.

* Retailers may vary depending on country.

** These bonus weapons will come in addition to the Dead Space 3 Limited Edition package, which include the “First Contact” and “Witness the Truth” bundles that are available to those who pre-order at participating retailers.

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