All entries have to be Asian in origins, so unless I missed something in my research, Dead Space doesn't meet that qualification.
If you check Google, you will find that both Resident Evil and Silent Hill are produced in Asia. Resident Evil was produced by Capcom, Silent Hill was produced by Konami...and both companies are out of Japan. That is why you've seen them in the Masquerade in the past. Looking up DeadSpace, it's produced by Electronic Arts, which is based here in the US. The closest to Asia that you get for anything Dead Space related is Ben Templesmith's art contribution to the comics, but only because Templesmith is from Australia (which is waaay south).
Marisa (the masquerade coordinator and the last word on entries) has stated that there was some "slipping" last year, but she intends to enforce that rule quite firmly this year.
Thank you for posting this, Dany. This is pretty much verbatium what I've replied to people <3 I've been really busy, and I appreciate you answering this for me. This is exactly right.
If we let in DeadSpace we would have to let in World of Warcraft, Rift, Halo, Starcraft, etc. I'd had a few boo-boos in the past couple of years because *I* was ignorant to the origins of stuff (particularly Portal and Assassin's Creed) because I am a MMO gamer and not a console gamer so I had no idea.
This year I literally looked up every single series; I double checked and cross-referenced.
A *really* easy way to look this stuff up is Wikipedia.
So, for example, I like World of Warcraft and Aion.
I can look them up.
World of Wacraft is produced by Blizzard, an American Company, located in Irvine, CA.
Aion is produced by NCSoft, a major Korean Developer.
Aion is OK, World of Warcraft is not.
And aside from this, out of curiosity who gets the final say if it's in or not?
Me.... and I did reply by e-mail to the Dead Space question, and to a couple of other questions. You can still participate, and keep your place in line, as long as you change what your cosplay is going to be.