EA has said the Dead Space 3 “Item Farming” glitch is not a glitch after all, therefore it has no plans to patch it up.
According to a representative speaking with GameFront – which found the supposed exploit in the first place – the area in question in the game was “deliberately designed” to allow for farming resources used for crafting.
“The resource-earning mechanic in Dead Space 3 is not a glitch,” said EA representative Jino Talens. “We have no plans to issue a patch to change this aspect of the game. We encourage players to explore the game and discover the areas where resources respawn for free.
“We’ve deliberately designed Dead Space 3 to allow players to harvest resources by playing through the game. For those that wish to accumulate upgrades instantly, we have enabled an optional system for them to buy the resources at a minimal cost ($1-$3).”
The site posted a video earlier in the week which showed a room where players could fight respawning enemies and continue to loot material off downs foes for as long as they could stomach the tedium of such an act.
Apparently some ethical questions were raised from a few online sources, with some suggesting it was a farming exploit to get around the microtransactions EA embedded in the game.
So there you go. You are not cheating if you do this, so slap those necromorphs around in the respawning area for hours at a time if you wish.
Dead Space 3 is now available worldwide on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.