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"With your rating, you should absolutely try for the Sprawl on Titan. The mining sounds like cotton candy compared to Aegis VII, and word is that they've built out the station since new investment came in. Shopping malls, even - holy shit, remember those? CEC sponsors family transfers to the Sprawl if your record's in good standing, too. I don't know how old yours are, but I hear it's a great place for kids."
USG Ishimura crew member[1]

Titan Station, colloquially known as the Sprawl, was an EarthGov space station built into the last remaining fragment of Titan, one of Saturn's moons and the site of the first planet crack in the 2440s. Titan Station itself encircled the Shard of Titan as a large metropolis, with inner structures such as schools, malls, skyscrapers, and a Unitologist church. The population of the station exceeded one million people.

The Titan Station Security Force was the law enforcement on Titan Station. Project Telomere, an EarthGov research program studying Marker-related phenomena, was established in the station's Government Sector around 2508.


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A view of Titan Station.

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An overview of Titan Station (see full size image for details).

The Sprawl was split into two distinct sectors―Public Sector and Government Sector. Three "crossover tubes" provided transportation between the two, and acted as a docking platform for ships. In 2511, Karrie Norton opened the crossover tubes, allowing the Necromorphs from the Titan Mines to enter the Public Sector.

Public Sector took the form of a large semicircle surrounding the Titan Shard, with large towering buildings and structures on its upper and lower sides (the lower side was known as the inverted city, and the two were connected via gravity-adjusting elevators). The most notable structures of this Sector were the Titan Memorial Medical Center, the Titan Heights apartment complex, The Concourse shopping mall, the Cassini Towers apartment complex, the Church of Unitology, the Titan Elementary School, the Solar Array, and the CEC Facility.

Government Sector was located above the Titan Mines, on the Titan Shard. The Government Sector housed a Shuttleport, the EarthGov offices and a research lab, which was being used as a Marker research and manufacturing plant. The facility contained Project Telomere, which was responsible for research into the Site 12 Marker and several other Red Marker replicas. Isaac Clarke and Ellie Langford used a drilling machine to breach the Government Sector, allowing Necromorphs in from the Titan Mines.


The First Planet Crack[]

"With the advent of large-scale applications of gravitron control, it became clear to the mining consortiums they had a new tool at hand. ShockPoint Drives were in their infancy, so extrasolar mining was out of the question - and the dangers of planetcracking were still unknown. Saturn's moon Titan was selected as the sight of the first "moon harvest", as it was known back then. Saturn was as far from Earth as the consortiums were willing to work and still have reasonable access to timely supplies and support. A large colony was established on Titan to study the moon's every seismic detail and prepare it for disassembly. As the operation got under way, the orbital platforms that assisted with the work became the prototypes for the planetcrackers that would soon follow. Titan was successfully "cracked" and harvested, only slightly behind schedule. It was a major boost for the then-beleaguered population on Earth, who believed their extinction from lack of resources was imminent. Titan's harvest was halted before the entire moon was disassembled, leaving the small shard where the original colony had started. From here, the station grew in leaps and bounds as the new era of planetcracking got underway, serving as both a critical research outpost, and with the advent of ShockPoint Drives, a way station for all planetcracking missions going forward. It is now whimsically known as the Sprawl, for having done just that over the many years of its operation."
—"United Spacefaring Guild History series - TITAN STATION: CONQUERING A MOON"[2][3]

Titan Station orbiting Saturn.

In the early 25th century, Titan, a moon orbiting Saturn, was selected as the site of the first "moon harvest" - an early form of Planet Cracking. A large colony was established on the surface of the moon to study its geology and prepare it for mining. The moon was successfully cracked and 'harvested' by the 2440s, satisfying the immense resource needs of humanity, who believed their extinction was imminent.

Rapid Growth[]

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A poster showing EarthGov ships delivering supplies to the Sprawl.

Titan's harvest was halted for unknown reasons before the entire moon was dissasembled, leaving the small shard where the colony had started. As planet cracking became more common, the station experienced rapid growth as it functioned as both a critical research outpost and a way station for deep space mining operations, quickly expanding with busy malls and streets filled with commerce and fleeting visitors, as well as supporting a growing cityscape of its own.

2508 - 2511[]

"Titan Station unemployment grew unexpectedly to 9.5%, due to collateral job losses from the ongoing collapse of local planetcracking business. The aftermath of the Ishimura incident continues to depress all planetcracking activity, as more and more support services go out of business, leaving less and less capacity for planetcracking. However, Titan Station continues to post a small profit, buoyed solely by the cash influx from EarthGov's scientific research and operations facilities. Human Needs and Services Organization has been spared the brunt of the planetcracking collapse by the pick-up in traffic with Government Sector. Planetcracker docks, ships services, mining supplies and tool vendors continue to post heavy losses. However, the CEC itself has found moderate new life for its facility in the R&D department of the government."
—Titan Station Quarterly Economic Report[4]
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An overview of Titan Elementary School (see full size image for details).

Titan Station felt the effects of the USG Ishimura incident in the years leading up to the Necromorph outbreak of 2511, due to the decline of the planet cracking industry. Unemployment rose as both mining support services and the CEC posted heavy quarterly losses.[5]

The Sprawl did experience a small economic boost, however, due to grants received from EarthGov's classified scientific research.[4]

Outbreak (2511)[]

"There are people, even some of my own staff, who say I am a monster for what I brought to this station. They say the Marker is manipulative - that it influenced my decisions. They don't understand that what I did, I did for this community - for our species. Titan Station was a dead husk before I breathed life back into it with government research grants. That research - into unimaginable sources of energy, into manufacturing techniques and efficiencies far beyond all previous understanding - is the only hope that remains for mankind. We have relied on destructive planetcracking for far too long and now we can no longer sustain ourselves. We need the Markers to survive. If we fail in our efforts to understand them, there is no hope left for humanity."
—Director Hans Tiedemann's justification for Project Telomere.[6]
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An overview of the Sprawl in 2511 (see full size image for details).

Over the course of three years after Isaac Clarke was rescued from his escape shuttle, Director Hans Tiedemann and his lead scientists committed Isaac and Nolan Stross to the Medical Center. While committed there, the blueprints and codes of the Marker were extracted from their brains, and using this information, Isaac and Stross were used by Tiedemann to construct a monumental Marker so he could obtain its power. After its completion, many citizens, especially children, became anxious and violent outbreaks of homicide and suicide were committed like before on the USG Ishimura and Aegis VII.[7][8][9]

Thanks to the efforts of a Unitologist group led by Daina Le Guin, a sabotage operation in the Government Sector undertaken by Karrie Norton unleashed the first Necromorphs. While these Necromorphs were initially contained within the Government Sector as Karrie realized what her actions had caused and attempted to fix her mistake, she was further manipulated by the Unitologists and unintentionally released the creatures into the Public Sector.

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The Sprawl's Public Sector during the Necromorph outbreak (see full size image for details).

The Necromorph infection spared no one, butchering families and children indiscriminately. Martial law was declared by Director Tiedemann, who also (against previously set protocol for any sort of Necromorph outbreak) ordered the station to begin evacuations; it is unknown how many people actually managed to be evacuated before the Public Sector was declared "beyond acceptable recovery conditions".

During this time, Isaac Clarke managed to elude Tiedemann's forces, resulting in Tiedemann cutting off power and life support to the Transport Hub in an effort to deter Clarke from reaching the Government Sector and destroying the Marker. When this gambit failed due to Isaac reactivating the decommissioned solar arrays for the station, Tiedemann resorted to directing the focused beam of energy from the solar array to slice through all of the connections between the civilian areas of the Sprawl and the Shard, effectively cutting the Sprawl in two.

This once again failed to halt Isaac's progress, who proceeded to use the gravity tethers of the docked USG Ishimura to drag the Shard back towards the rest of the Sprawl, allowing him access. Once on the Shard, Isaac and Ellie Langford managed to penetrate the EarthGov compound via a mining drill, which also allowed the Necromorphs to infiltrate the facility. Isaac was almost killed by a large group of EarthGov soldiers blocking his way further into the station, but managed to avoid them and proceeded to cut the power to the area, which opened the doors and let in a massive horde of Necromorphs, including a Regenerator-type Necromorph known as the Ubermorph, which then overwhelmed and slaughtered the barricade of EarthGov soldiers. The mass of invading Necromorphs were able to reach the Marker, triggering a Convergence Event, which was halted at the last moment by Isaac destroying the Marker through mentally fighting a hallucination of his long dead girlfriend, Nicole Brennan.

In the end, the damage caused to the Sprawl by the massive release of energy from the Marker's destruction, along with all the other damage it had sustained, destabilized the station's reactors, causing a meltdown. Shortly after, the Sprawl was completely and utterly destroyed by the ensuing explosions. The Titan Station disaster caused a crisis for EarthGov as anti-government sentiments drastically increased among the general population.[10]


Titan Memorial Medical Center[]

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Titan Station Medical Center map.

Main article: Titan Memorial Medical Center

A medical facility located in the Public Sector. Isaac awakened here after the facility had been besieged by Necromorphs. Upon awakening, he was overcome with fear at the carnage.

Titan Heights[]

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Titan Heights poster.

Main article: Titan Heights

An apartment complex located very close to the medical center. It provided several floors' worth of apartments.

Isaac arrived in the complex just as Necromorphs began attacking. Several innocent civilians were seen being slaughtered as Isaac battled his way to the tram station.

The Concourse[]

The Art of Dead Space Sprawl Shops

An overview of the Concourse's shops and advertisements (see full size image for details).

Main article: The Concourse

A two-story shopping mall located in the heart of the Sprawl. The stores were locked down when Isaac arrived, and the many abandoned shopping bags and pools of blood indicated that the Necromorphs attacked during normal operation hours.

Cassini Towers[]

Main article: Cassini Towers

An apartment complex on Titan Station. Unlike Titan Heights, the Towers seemed to be inhabited mostly by Unitologists. In the center of the two apartment wings, there were four statues dedicated to Unitology. One of them was a large Marker statue that stood close to the window, and south of it were three masked Unitologist statues. Behind the three statues was an entrance to the Church of Unitology.

Upon Isaac's arrival, the Towers were covered in graffiti and littered with the bodies of those who had committed ritualistic suicide according to their faith.

Titan Station Church of Unitology[]

Main article: Titan Station Church of Unitology

Titan Elementary School[]

Main article: Titan Elementary School

Solar Array[]

Main article: Solar Array

The Solar Array used to be Titan Station's main power source until it was replaced by fusion reactors.

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Titan Station's nuclear reactor located on the Titan Shard.

C.E.C. Facility[]

Main article: CEC Facility
  • Fuel Core

Titan Mines[]

Main article: Titan Mines

Government Sector[]

Main article: Government Sector
  • Marker Lab


  • After the events of Dead Space: Extraction, Lexine Murdoch, Gabe Weller and Nathan McNeill set a course for the Sprawl after escaping the Ishimura. Based on the dialogue between Weller and McNeill, it is implied that they had both visited the Sprawl before.
  • Titan Station has one known television network; the Sprawl News Network (SNN).
  • Stray comets are routinely captured and used for the water supply on the Sprawl. This is common practice for large stations and ships in the solar system.[11]
  • The Sprawl is powered by a nuclear fusion reactor during the events of Dead Space 2, although it was once powered by large solar panel arrays.
  • Cyberpunk author William Gibson's fictional, prototypical dystopian cyberpunk setting for some of his novels and short stories shares the name "The Sprawl".
  • In Chapter 6, there is a large poster of Skate 3 in the Holleran transport hub. This is an easter egg, because you can play as Isaac in Skate 3's free-skate using cheats.[12]
  • The Sprawl is around 11 miles long, roughly the length of 11 Ishimuras from one end of Public Sector to the other.
  • In the Polish language version, the station's nickname - "The Sprawl" - is mistranslated to "Zgorzel", which means "gangrene". The proper translation is hard to establish as there isn't really a noun in Polish that would bear the same meaning as "sprawl".


Logos and Posters[]