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Jodie Comer and David Harbour will also star.
Since its unexpected debut in 2015, we haven’t heard much about THQ Nordic’s Alone in the Dark revival; nevertheless, the intriguing project is back with a 25th October release date and – for the impatient among us – a playable beginning that’s already available.
For those who are too young to remember, the first Alone in the Dark debuted in 1992 and featured a very cutting-edge expedition into the unknown. It is widely regarded as the originator of the survival horror genre, establishing the fixed-camera spook-house model that later contributed to the resemblance between Resident Evil and Silent Hill.
The 1992 original, in which private investigator Edward Carnby helps Emily Hartwood investigate her uncle’s suicide at the desolate Derceto Mansion, is taken as the basis for THQ Nordic’s reimagined version of Alone in the Dark, which is being overseen by Swedish developer Pieces Interactive with Soma and Amnesia: The Dark Descent author Mikael Hedberg at the helm. The game cranks up the Southern Gothic while attempting to filter the 1992 original’s
Another appearance at the Alone in the Dark reboot by Pieces Interactive.
The reboot’s sectors will take Carnby and Hartwood to forgotten cemeteries, bayous, and other locations, as THQ has revealed. And it’s now official that David Harbour from Stranger Things and Jodie Comer from Killing Eve will play our playable lead characters, putting an end to one last mystery. You’ll get a different perspective on the story depending on whatever character you choose, with alternate events and unique NPC responses giving you a reason to play through the game twice.
There are many aspects of THQ’s remake that are definitely pushing my horror-loving buttons, including its striking Southern Gothic aesthetic and its Dark Jazz soundtrack (thanks to composer Jason Kohnen). Curious gamers can take their first tentative steps into the new Alone in the Dark by way of a playable introductory episode on Steam, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S starting today.
The decision to release a beginning is said to have been largely motivated by Jack in the Dark’s presentation in Alone in the Dark 2. Players will take on the role of girl Grace as she visits Derceto Mansion in an effort to deliver Emily Hartwood a letter at her uncle’s request. Although the fight isn’t included because of the lead character’s age, Pieces Interactive suggests that this should give players an idea of the fundamental setting that Alone in the Dark is seeking.