We know the PS1 classics being added to PS Plus Premium from 16th January include Rally Cross and Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace – but Sony may have accidentally leaked another upcoming retro release. Mentioned on PlayStation UK’s Twitter account before promptly being removed, the 2001 survival horror Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare is apparently slated for an emulated release on PS5 and PS4.
Adding further fuel to the speculation, the game was included in a round up on semi-official YouTube channel PlayStation Access, before the video was edited to remove mention of the old-school Infogrames outing. Clearly this game is scheduled to launch as part of Sony’s subscription service in the future, it’s just PlayStation UK shared the information early by mistake. It’d probably make sense to launch prior to the Alone in the Dark reboot, which is officially due out on 20th March.
The New Nightmare was a hit at the time, although its Game Boy Color conversion is probably the most memorable of its versions, as it retained the 3D pre-rendered backdrops of its console peers – an impressive achievement for Nintendo’s handheld. A PS2 version did launch later in 2001 exclusively in Europe, but given the state of Sony’s emulation efforts, we’re not expecting that version to be made available on PS5 and PS4 – in fact, the aforementioned PS Access video specifically showed the PS1 box art.