EA announced this week that their Redwood studios (The Godfather, The Lord of the Rings Collection) has been developing an original 3rd person sci-fi/horror game. The game will be called Dead Space, and will ship in late 2008 for the XBox 360, PS3, and PC.

Set in the cold blackness of deep space, the atmosphere is soaked with a feeling of tension, dread and sheer terror. In Dead Space, players step into the role of engineer Isaac Clarke – an ordinary man on a seemingly routine mission to fix the communications systems aboard a deep space mining ship. It is not long before Isaac awakes to a living nightmare when he learns that the ship’s crew has been ravaged by a vicious alien infestation. He must fight through the dead silence and darkness of deep space to stay alive.

Well, it’s probably not the most original plot ever, but we’ll see what they do with it. And, as Executive Producer Glen Schofield comments:“This team has worked on some tremendous properties but we have always wanted to work on something that was darker and creepier. We are all such huge fans of the horror and sci-fi genres; we wanted to create the most terrifying game we could, and keep the player on the edge of his seat the entire time.”

Can’t blame them for that! They’ve worked on a lot of movie properties and managed to make pretty damn decent games out of them, so let’s hope they can transfer that magic to an original game. Based on the few screenshots and the creepy site, they’re well on their way. A few shots were leaked this week to Games Radar, one of which is the shot on top…check their page out for the rest.

Also make sure to check out www.deadspacegame.com, There’s not much up at the site just yet, but check it out for some creepy imagery, join their mailing list and read the forums. While you’re there make sure to click on the body on the first screen! Creepy.