Even though we would swear Unitology – the cult/religion at the heart of the “Dead Space” franchise – is a thinly veiled critique of Scientology, the game’s creative director says otherwise. “I think people get that because the name is very similar,” said Wright Bagwell in an interview with MTV Multiplayer.
For those who haven’t played the “Dead Space” games, Unitology wrings its members for money, in turn providing higher religious status. Techno-contraptions are used to ascertain a person’s susceptibility to Unitology’s message, surveying a slew of psychological and physiological information that is recorded and kept to be exploited in the future. And Unitology’s favorite candidates? Executives and celebrities.
“For us,” Wright explains, “Unitology’s purpose in the story represents people’s illogical thinking about things they don’t understand. It was never really intended to be a jab at any particular religion…. I think people get that a lot because the name is very similar.”
So is Unitology a jab at religion as a whole? Regarding Unitology’s technological catalyst, Wright had this to say:
“It’s gotten people thinking illogically and superstitiously again. That’s the commentary we’re making [with Unitology]. In this complex, futuristic world, people are looking for ways to simplify their lives and put their faith in something that they don’t have to think too much about.”