The developer of PS4 horror title Until Dawn, Supermassive Games, has revealed its next project, and once again the studio is heading into the world of horror. This time, however, Supermassive Games is heading down the horror anthology route.
Until Dawn proved to be a chilling success for the PlayStation, delivering an extremely cinematic experience with an all-star cast of characters, all tied around loose adventure game mechanics. Supermassive Games' follow-up, Hidden Agenda, didn't live up to the lofty expectations, but nonetheless hopes were high for the studio to come back to the top table with whatever project it had planned next.
Thankfully, fans of Until Dawn haven't had to wait long to see the developer's plans. Supermassive Games has confirmed that its next title is actually going to be a larger anthology called The Dark Pictures - and the company is once again returning to the realm of horror. The announcement was accompanied by a debut trailer for the first entry in The Dark Pictures, called Man of Medan, which can be seen below.
The first entry follows a gang of American tourists who are taking part in a diving trip, aiming to find a Second World War wreck. However, things take a dark and supernatural tone, and any of the divers could find their holiday cut drastically short. Overall, The Dark Pictures will be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and will be published by Bandai Namco. Man of Medan will launch at some point in 2019, although a full release date is yet to be confirmed.
Releasing a horror anthology is a neat idea, marrying together two previously-tried methods of horror game structure. An episodic nature to releases has served Telltale's The Walking Dead, which has entered its final season with gusto, very well over the years, so horror fans are already used to that style of release. The anthology setup, which is of course very popular with horror movies, is less common in video games, but 2017's Stories Untold proved how well it can work, leading the title to be one of the best surprises of last year.
All in all, the world of horror games is shaping up nicely. Large scale releases like the Resident Evil 2 remake look like chilling games are still on the table from a mainstream gaming perspective, particularly given that Capcom has hinted at more Resident Evil remakes to come, while smaller projects like the Elijah Wood-driven Transference look set to push the genre in interesting directions. Quite simply, it's a good time to be a horror fan.