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The game has only just made it on to US shelves today, and already the first batch of DLC for Dead Space 3 has been announced by Visceral Games.

‘Awakened’ arrives in March and the official line promises that “players will experience the franchise’s darkest chapters as the Necromorph battles become even more gruesome and terrifying than ever before.”  The pack will be available on the PlayStation Network and PC via Origin.com for $9.99 and on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 800MS Points.

“With Dead Space 3 our goal was to evolve the franchise bringing in innovative new features like drop-in/drop-out co-op, weapon crafting, and an engaging atmosphere while still retaining the incredible suspense, horror, action and sound that the series is known for,” said Steve Papoutsis, Vice President and General Manager of Visceral Games and Executive Producer on Dead Space 3. “Gamers are going to be thrown in and out of space, taken to a violent new ice planet and allowed to explore several different abandoned spaceships and caves. But we’re not stopping there. In Dead Space 3 Awakened, gamers will experience some of the most disturbing content they have ever seen in a Dead Space game – they are going to love it.”

The game has received fair reviews, with Metacritic sitting on 80 at the time of writing, while user reviews rate lower at 5.8.