EA announces Dead Space Extraction for Wii, coming this fall (on rails)

Electronic Arts has lifted the lid off its upcoming Wii port of Dead Space. Well, to be fair, calling the game, titled Dead Space Extraction, a port isn't exactly fair. According to EA, the title will be a prequel to last year's survival-horror romp aboard the USG Ishimura.

Extraction will also feature an all-new female lead as players work with a group of colonists to escape the spreading infection on the mining colony, Aegis 7. New "weapons, enemies, puzzles and cooperative multiplayer gameplay" are promised as well. Even more interesting is that EA Redwood Shores is developing the game as a first-person (light gun?) shooter, promising that Wii owners will surely begin to waggle in their space boots when Dead Space Extraction ships this fall.

[Update: Worried this might be an on-rails light gun shooter? According to Steve Papoutsis, the game's executive producer, that's exactly what you're going to get. He told IGN that Extraction "takes advantage of a guided and cinematic camera" – IGN translates, calling it "an on-rails first-person shooter in the style of House of the Dead: Overkill." But Papoutsis is quick to point out that "Extraction is not your typical Rail Shooter. [EA's] goal is to innovate and push the genre forward." We loved Dead Space, but consider us thoroughly skeptical. Thanks, guttertalk.]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.