Investigative survival horror remake Alone in the Dark gets a gameplay trailer announcing its release on October 25th. A demo of the prologue is now available.
Alone In The Dark remake releases October 25
Lovecraftian horror survival Alone in the Dark Remake had a Spotlight THQ Showcase today, which revealed new gameplay footage and release date. The title will arrive on Playstation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC this October 25, 2023. A prologue demo is now available on all platforms.
What is Alone in the Dark?
Based on the original 1992 game, the remake reimagines the classic single-player game now with updated graphics and much smoother gameplay. It retains the suspenseful elements of the original, but now with modern consoles and PC to tell the story with a much more modern experience. Game writer and director Mikael Hedberg is behind titles like Amnesia and SOMA.
In this version of Alone in the Dark, players will be able to play two characters. After the disappearance of Jeremy Hartwood, they are drawn to the last place he was seen. Missing Uncle Hartwood’s niece Emily (voiced by Jodie Comer) and private investigator Edward Carnby (voiced by Stranger Things actor David Harbour). The cast will definitely elevate the game’s tense and dramatic moments. You’ll need to play through at least twice to discover the full story, as both characters have different points of view to portray.
Pieces Interactive’s game is an ode to the classic, retaining the elements of investigative exploration and spooky atmospheric vibes. Every stream, door closing on its own, and quick glimpses of strange happenings is now extremely detailed. The reboot follows the same setup as the 1992 game, but new experiences will be made.
The game’s spotlight teased some of the combat. Armed with a weapon to take out the creatures of the encroaching darkness. But what happens when you’re out of bullets? In true classic survival horror you will have to dodge situations. I’m glad we have some sort of weapon to keep the monstrosities at bay, but I don’t think we can fully rely on guns as the bullets aren’t infinite. It will certainly apply more tact to the gameplay, managing resources and strategizing to survive.
The point of view has also changed from the original. We now have an over-the-shoulder view, which will definitely make filming these gruesome creatures a lot more intuitive. Survival horror remakes like Resident Evil 4 feel much better in terms of control when you can see more of the character’s view, allowing you to absorb every detail as you investigate.
There are also puzzle elements. The footage shows some clues you can use to figure out what to do next, but there are also puzzles that could lead to something else. According to game writer and director Mikael Hedberg, it’s up to the player to decide whether they want to fully adorn that detective hat. It’s up to you to decide how much you want the game to “help you find clues” and where to go next.
A quick demo prologue is now available on consoles and PC. I was able to play it live today on our Twitch channel, which brought a few surprises here and there. Overall, the gameplay is smooth and the character’s pace is slow but not drawn out. In this prologue, you play Grace Saunders. For fans of OG Alone in the Dark, you might recognize your character from previous titles. The girl is tasked with mailing a letter delivered to her by the paranoid and skittish Jeremy Hartman.
Interactions with Hartman certainly set off alarm bells that something is up. You realize that the house and its inhabitants are unreliable. The demo lets you explore a bit and uncover some clues. There’s no combat, but it gives a quick overview of what to expect, as well as the game’s atmosphere. Grace’s calm, nonchalant demeanor adds to the unsettling mood that something isn’t quite right…
coming in october
Alone in the dark it’s coming at the perfect time, for the October spooky season. The game will be released for Playstation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC available to wishlist now. If you can’t wait to check out the game, there’s a free prologue that you can check out now on all platforms, Playstation, Xbox, and PC via Steam.
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