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How many chapters are there in the Dead Space remake? Game length, side missions, and more explained

The Dead Space remake by Motive Studios stays true to the original 2008 title, recapturing the survival horror title's narrative set against the backdrop of a dark and gloomy atmosphere while modernizing it for a 2023 audience.

The story of the game remains more or less the same (barring a secret ending that lines up more prominently with the events of the sequel), but it does flesh out the stories of the side characters with the side missions.


All chapters in the Dead Space remake

The Dead Space remake by Motive Studios has a total of 12 chapters. While that may be lesser compared to other modern-day narrative-driven titles, each of them is extensive.

The remake retains the original title's narrative design while visually upgrading the moody and atmospheric settings for modern-day audiences. Befittingly, the number of chapters and the chapters themselves are the same as in the original.


All 12 chapters of the game are listed below. It should be noted that some of the names may hint at specific plot points that can be considered mild spoilers.

  1. New Arrivals
  2. Intensive Care
  3. Course Correction
  4. Obliteration Imminent
  5. Lethal Devotion
  6. Environmental Hazard
  7. Into the Void
  8. Search and Rescue
  9. Dead on Arrival
  10. End of Days
  11. Alternate Solutions
  12. Dead Space

How long is the Dead Space remake?

Dead Space follows Isaac Clarke, who travels to USG Ishimura as part of a search and rescue operation by the crew of USG Kelion after receiving a distress call from his girlfriend Nicole. While exploring the ill-fated ship, he finds out that it has been overtaken by a necromorph outbreak, leaving the majority of the USG Ishimura crew dead.


The narrative is cohesive across the twelve chapters as Isaac discovers more about the fate of the USG Ishimura crew while facing off against the necromorphs. The total length of the linear, narrative-driven game is between 12 and 15 hours. Going for a collective run may push the game's length toward a higher number.

The remake features a new secret ending, which can be obtained by completing the game in new game+ mode and collecting Marker Fragments throughout the run. Unlocking the secret ending can take anywhere from 25 to 30 hours of time as you undertake a new and a new game+ run.

Dead Space remake side missions explained


While the remake stays quite true to the original, from the dark and gloomy atmosphere to the gameplay, and focuses on elevating it visually, it also adds new side quests. While not mandatory, they flesh out the stories of the USG Ishimura crew.

Side missions can be tracked from Isaac's Wayfinder by marking them as active quests. Thereon, the path to a particular side mission will be marked with a yellow line whenever Isaac uses his Wayfinder.

On the other hand, the main quests are marked by a blue line. If you can only see the blue line after marking a side quest, then it means that both are leading you in the same direction.

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The game does give a point-of-no-return warning in Chapter 11, which is the final opportunity to complete the side missions before the finale. Keeping the side missions until the end may require a lot of backtracking, but since you would have unlocked all security levels by then, it will be relatively easier for you to complete them.

Dead Space is available now on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, and EA app. It is also available as part of EA Play Pro, where you can jump right in and try out the title today.

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