Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer and Stranger Things’ David Harbour will bring a sprinkling of star power to THQ Nordic’s Alone in the Dark reboot when it releases ahead of Halloween on 25th October, 2023. Confirmed as part of a showcase earlier today, Comer will play Emily Hartwood while Harbour will assume the role of the series’ trademark detective Edward Carnaby.
Loosely inspired by the 1992 original, you’ll be able to get your very first taste of the title as part of a demo available to download from the PS Store right now. This prologue starring supporting character Grace Saunders has been inspired by Alone in the Dark 2’s infamous Jack in the Dark demo, and while the gameplay in the taster will differ from the main course, it will give you an opportunity to explore the chilling backdrop of the Derceto Mansion.
Admittedly the action does, in some senses, look a little like a low-budget Resident Evil, but there’s clear promise here: the showcase didn’t centre too much on combat, but from previous showings it looks like a frantic over-the-shoulder shooter, and developer Pieces Interactive is promising a good variety of puzzle solving, too. Of note, you’ll be able to toggle the difficulty to your tastes depending on how much or little guidance you’d like.
All in all, we’re pretty pumped for the final product. Despite the original being a hugely influential release, Alone in the Dark’s hasn’t really received the respect it deserves in recent years. This looks to be putting the franchise right back on track, with a hugely compelling reboot that looks to refresh the 1992 classic in all the right ways.
Survival-horror fans eatin' good this year. Hope it's decent enough to play.
Has anyone played the demo yet?
Yes please. Love a good demo. I have tempered my expectations for this but the excitement is building.
@Greger22 I'm taking a break from Dead Space and playing the demo in a minute so I'll get back to ya.
Alan Wake 2 and now this in October?! Nice!
I'll probably add this to the Christmas list since I already have AW2 pre-ordered
Here’s hoping for some re-release of the PlayStation one games on the PS4/5 so a new generation can experience Aline Cedrac fantastic mom jeans
Between this and Alan Wake 2 October is going to be an expensive month.
@Greger22 OK. It was extremely short I'm but I'm impressed! Definitely a step above in production values compared to what I expected.
They've done a great job with the atmosphere, detail and tech performance (the 60fps mode is solid and seems to be a drop in resolution only). Some of the animations are a little off but that's where budget limitations hit.
At no point did I feel particularly scared but the foreboding sense of dread is there (the ending was damn creepy!). The vocal performances are pretty decent too and the characters all give you that 'uneasy' vibe. I think they've struck a good balance with the tone of this demo.
All in all, I think it's a promising start. Prime AA horror. Looking forward to seeing more.
I quite enjoyed the demo. Definitely on my radar.
@Ken_Kaniff Lords of the Fallen too.
@Loamy Awesome, thanks! ima try it this weekend. Hopefully this and the new silent hill do great and bring back both series.
I get why some games hire well-known actors, and can see how having some horror/B-movie actors in a game like The Quarry fits, but sometimes it feels a little unnecessary.
There is some interesting commentary from Harvey Smith regarding the first Dishonored. He stated how great it was to be able to have a number of well-known actors on board, but also how scheduling and costs made it less sustainable. He found that is was easier to work with voice actors and theatre actors, as it was easier to tone down over the top performances rather than coax something less understated from the film actors.
I’m not sure how much of a selling point having film actors really is for a game. Games have always looked to cinema for inspiration, but they will never be cinema. Perhaps it feels better not to be drawn out of the experience by seeing recognisable faces in games.
Can't wait to return to Derceto.
The funny thing is the title doesn't fit with the game, because the game is called Alone which implies we are Alone (Carnby/Emily), but it looks like Derceto is full of people, lol.
Hmmm...didn't care for the demo. It was like 10 minutes long, and all you do is walk around. I didn't really get a feel for the game.
Graphics looked nice though.
Jodie Comer? Ok you have my attention.
@GamingFan4Lyf @Ken_Kaniff We also have both Assassin's Creed: Mirage and Lords of the Fallen to look forward to in October!
@KaijuKaiser Also AC Mirage too! I'm looking forward to playing it.
@KidRyan @KaijuKaiser I agree Lords of the Fallen looks good too, but im so burnt out on AC that I probably wouldn't play Mirage even if it was free.
Both great actors. Admittedly I’ve probably seen Jodie Comer in more great vehicles for her acting ability than David Harbour, who seems to either really like money or just have the strangest agent around.
Sweet day one owned this will be awesome 👍
Absolutely loved the original so looking forward to checking this out later. The cast aint too shabby either 👍
@KidRyan Why is Mirage 50 dollars? Is it not supposed to be a big game? I was surprised by that when I saw it up on the PS store.
Thanks for the heads up about the demo—downloading now! 💀🎃
Some here proved my point, y'all get excited when a game needs Hollywood, when this motherf*cking medium is bigger than Hollywood.
@Ken_Kaniff It does help to take long breaks between games in a franchise, rushing thru them is never good.
@KaijuKaiser I suspect the game is $50 to encourage more sales?
No clue about the length or depth, too early.
I''ve put this game on my radar and apprieciate that they do release it in a physical version.
@Constable_What yh it was the most mind numbing, basic, uninspired demo.
The monster coming out of the water only had an effect of 'ok?' , then what.. basic scripting.
There was zero atmosphere.
And in the video, both actors, characters are boring as heck.
Nothing to make you get into it, should have put budget into dev talent instead.
Graphics look nice but facial animations less so.
Idk, hope the full game is more thrilling.
@Jtheripper I wish I would have gotten more of a feel for the combat and survival horror elements. I dunno...coming off games like Resident Evil 4 and Fear and Hunger, a horror game needs all three for me. Combat, survival, and horror.
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