The first Dark Pictures game, Man of Medan is out now on Nintendo Switch

Bandai Namco and Supermassive Games have surprise launched Man of Medan, the first game in the Dark Pictures Anthology, for Nintendo Switch. The boaty horror game is out now on Nintendo’s plucky handheld hybrid.

Man of Medan sees five good looking friends going on a holiday diving trip that takes a very dark and sinister turn as a storm rolls in and they end up on a totally spooky ghost ship, just trying to survive.

As you can see from the launch trailer, Supermassive has had to make plenty of tweaks and changes to the game’s graphics to get it running on Switch, but the core art direction and intent remains.

This Nintendo Switch release of Man of Medan is feature complete with the other versions of the game on PlayStation, Xbox and PC. You can play the extended chapter Flooded, and there’s also the Curator’s Cut of the story, not to mention the online two player shared story mode and the couch co-op mode for up to five players.

Since its release in 2019, Supermassive has been on a spree of similar narrative-led horror games, but Man of Medan was where it all began again, as Supermassive built a new game series on the foundations of Until Dawn. In our review, Tuffcub said, “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.”

In the years since, Supermassive has morphed the series in several different directions, building up to last year’s The Devil in Me, (and then with the fun rollercoaster spin-off Switchback VR), as well as releasing the standalone teen horror The Quarry. Another Dark Pictures series is seemingly planned, but in the mean time, if this game does well on Switch, we’d expect the rest of the series so far to be shrunk down to fit as well.

Source: press release

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