Dead Space developers are changing the Plasma Cutter and Pulse Rifle sounds based on feedback

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After a live audio stream and subsequent feedback from its community, EA Motive has changed the sounds of both the Plasma Cutter and Pulse Rifle in its upcoming Dead Space remake.

“Things you’ve done: Shared feedback on our plasma cutter and pulse rifle,” Motive tweeted, referring to the fact that many felt the guns now sounded weaker than their original counterparts.

“Things we’ve done: Listened and made changes.”

Accompanying those words, Motive also gave a little taste of how these weapons sound now thanks to their recent overhaul. Watch (and hear) below.

More information was also shared on the Dead Space subreddit.

“When we showed you the plasma cutter and the pulse rifle, not everyone loved them and there were a handful of critics who felt they could do better. We believe the feedback provided was definitely valid, and read the comments on the highlighted points, we’ve made a few modifications that we think improve it,” Motive wrote.

While reiterating that this footage is “a work in progress,” the developer continued, “The feel of the power of guns comes with the full experience, as it’s not just the core sounds that you will hear, but the impact on them as well.” Surfaces and the impact on the environment.

“You’ll notice that the plasma cutter’s frequency response has been rebalanced to focus more on the kick as well as the bottom end. Overall, this fits better with the ‘feel’ that so many of you mentioned about the original.

“Now with the Pulse Rifle you can hear that the rhythm is a bit more chaotic and not as tight as the previous version. There’s a bit more volume from the environmental response as well as more feedback from surface impacts.”

Motive’s Dead Space remake isn’t scheduled to launch until early 2023, but in the meantime, a Dead Space “art livestream” has been announced for May, so keep an eye out for it.


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