This may be a Canadian thing, but quite a lot of the people I know agree that February is unequivocally the worst month of the year. By February, Christmas has come and gone, the days are still depressingly short and winter has finally worn away at even the most optimistic person’s resolve. We just want warmth back in our lives. Next year, EA and Visceral Games are set to make this barely tolerable month just a little bit easier to get through with the release of Dead Space 3.

Yes, if you haven’t had enough of slaying Necromorphs, (a word that always seems makes me think of necrophile, which is a word I never want to think of), running around dark and atmospherically tense environments, and staring at the back of Isaac Clarke’s head, EA’s got you covered. You’ll be able to dive right back into a universe filled with unpleasantly dark corridors alone or with a friend, (so maybe you won’t be the one staring at the back of Isaac’s head) on February 5th, 2013. Or February 8th, if you happen to live in Europe.

But, of course, that’s not all. Fans who preorder the limited edition of Dead Space 3 (from participating retailers) will also receive two bundles of in-game items, the ‘First Contact’ bundle, and the ‘Witness the Truth’ bundle. Contents for both are as follows:

“First Contact” Bundle

  • ·         First Contact Suit: This unique EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) suit was built by the SCAF (Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces) for encounters with “foreign entities.” It sports a flamboyant golden finish to provide protection from long-term space exposure and thick armor for… unspecified reasons. The suit was given the nickname “First Contact” by the scientists who made it.
  • ·         Negotiator Weapon: While technically classified by the SCAF as a “scientific instrument,” the gold-plated “Negotiator” is loaded with some surprisingly aggressive hardware. The overclocked, top-mounted Tesla Beam is capable of bursting a man-sized organism into several pieces with a single shot. The bottom-mounted Linegun appears to have been built with the sole purpose of cleanly dismembering organic tissue from a distance.

”Witness the Truth” Bundle

  • ·         Witness Suit: These insulated suits were worn by a SCAF deep dig team assigned to exhume the darkest secrets of Tau Volantis. Whatever they found locked deep in the ice changed them forever. When they emerged weeks later, they were covered head to toe in strange graffiti and claimed to be “Witnesses to the Truth.”
  • ·         Evangelizer Weapon: A modification of the standard AL-2 used by the Sovereign Colonies Legionaries, this version sports a souped-up AL-2g assault rifle on the top with an Emerson 2100 “Big Boy” tactical shotgun on the bottom. The surviving “Witnesses” of the SCAF deep dig team dubbed it the Evangelizer and decorated them top to bottom with strange symbols.

No word yet as to which retailers are participating, or if you’ll be able to grab these bundles separately when the game launches, but my assumption would be (respectively) quite a few, and probably.

Featuring a new drop in/drop out co-op mechanic that will ‘enhance story, side-missions and gameplay’ Dead Space 3 will be hitting the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 5th (just in case you’ve forgotten). Again, that’s February 8th in Europe. You poor, poor Europeans.