According to a job listing on the Electronic Arts site, Dead Space 2 seems to be in pre-production.
Every once in a great while, digging around the internet brings up something which isn't necessarily well-known information. In this case, a job listing on the Electronic Arts site confirms the development of a follow up to last year's hit, Dead Space. The job listing - which is a job listing for a Lead Combat Designer - says in no unconditional terms that Dead Space 2 is coming.
(Quote taken directly from the job listing on the Electronic Arts site)
"About this Project
This M-rated action/shooter sequel will set new standards for an action-packed story-driven console experience. Our team values are as follows: Gameplay comes first, controller feel is everything, culture of creativity, be highly iterative, playtest early and often, learn from failure, work fast and smart, and surround ourselves with the best talent in the world.
The previous installment in the Dead Space franchise received numerous awards for gameplay, visuals, and sound design, and the same core team is in place to create an even better follow up.
The game is in the later stages of pre-production, ready for production in the next few months, with many of the navigational and combat mechanics in place. We have complete autonomy and creative control over our own decisions. The Games Label at EA is 100% committed to this IP, and has already worked on IP extensions such as comic, animated features, and action figures. We’re looking for a few more talented individuals to join, and take the game to new heights."
I think that's all the confirmation we need that a follow-up is brewing. Unfortunately the job listing doesn't have a date attached to it, so I have no way of verifying when this job listing was posted. In any case, if Electronic Arts is looking for someone to work on a sequel to Dead Space, then it's a sure-fire bet that we'll eventually get our grubby little hands on it.
In the meantime, we have Dead Space: Extraction to be excited about.