According to Visceral Games' Louis Gascoigne, gamers who played the original http://www.trueachievements.com/Dead-Space-xbox-360.htm
will have immediate access to the Plasma Cutter upon starting http://www.trueachievements.com/Dead-Space-2-xbox-360.htm
. All you need is a save file from the original game.
Before the cart gets ahead of the horse, however, it is worth noting that the cutter unlocked is the nerfed down original version sans upgrades.Dead Space 2
is set for release January 25th in North America and January 28th in Europe.