The second game is the Supermassive Games’ horror series, The Dark Pictures Anthology, has been revealed as Little Hope. This follow on to Man of Medan will tell another spooky tale this summer.
Little Hope takes you from the South Pacific to the titular abandoned town, trapping four college students and their professor amidst impenetrable fog and tormenting them with nightmarish visions. The game won’t have you simply trying to escape, but understand the meaning of these events and try to connect them together.
Pete Samuels, CEO of Supermassive said, “We’ve been delighted by the reaction from players and the success of Man of Medan as the first instalment of The Dark Pictures Anthology. We really appreciate feedback from the community and the team remains committed to the goal of making each new instalment deliver further thrilling horror experiences, with the next chapter, Little Hope, bringing an all new and disturbing horror story to the anthology.”
Much like Man of Medan, the game can be played solo or in two multiplayer modes. Movie Night is all about local couch co-op with you passing the back between five different players, while Shared Story lets you play concurrently with another person online.
Regardless of who’s making the decisions, they can play out in a variety of different ways, with Supermassive leaning on the same kind of butterfly effect narrative design that they mastered in Until Dawn. Any of the characters can die at various points through the story, meaning you can make it out with all of them, one or two of them, or none at all. We’ll have to see if Supermassive also make another Curator’s Cut DLC for the game, giving a different perspective on events.
The Dark Pictures Anthology is a series of thematically connected horror games, similar to American Horror Story, where each is a standalone tale. In other words, you won’t be seeing the same characters appearing in each title, but I wouldn’t put it past Supermassive to cheekily tie them together with some little easter eggs.
Tuffcub braved our Man of Medan review last August, saying “Mad of Medan looks and sounds gorgeous, but it’s spoiled by some technical issues and, depending on your choices, characters doing stupid things just so the plot can continue, both of which break the flow of what could have been a decent horror story. It’s an excellent night or two’s entertainment with a bunch of mates in a dark room and plenty of beer, though playing by yourself or online with a chum is an altogether more muted experience. This is a fair start to The Dark Pictures Anthology.”
While the summer 2020 release window has been confirmed, there’s no mention just yet of platforms. Then again, Man of Medan came to PS4, Xbox One and PC, so we’d expect Little Hope to do the same.
Source: press release