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Perhaps the biggest surprise reveal of THQ Nordic’s 2022 Showcase was the return of survival horror elder statesman, Alone in the Dark. THQ Nordic is reviving the classic series with a brand new game, said to be a ‘love letter’ to the original point and click trilogy. With some veterans of the genre behind it, the reimagining is sure to be one to keep an eye on.
So here’s everything we know about the new Alone in the Dark so far.
Alone in the Dark – latest news, playable prologue
At Gamescom, we initially received news that the game would get a playable prologue to let players get a hands-on feel for its story. You’ll play as a third character, Grace, exploring the mansion before Edward and Emily.
Now, according to THQ Nordic, the prologue starring Grace Saunders is finally available on all compatible platforms. Throughout the short preview, you’ll be playing as her while she walks “around Derceto trying to post a letter.” The prologue fully showcases Alone in the Dark’s eerie atmosphere and mood. It also essentially gives you an idea of its plot so you won’t want to miss it.
Alone in the Dark release date
The Alone in the Dark release date is now set for March 20, 2024. The game had been set for a January launch, but a new message from THQ Nordic and Pieces Interactive claimed that they wanted to “avoid any potential crunch over the holidays” and as such, moved the date back a further couple of months from their previous estimate.
Before that, the game was originally going to release on October 25, 2023, however THQ announced a delay at the tail end of Summer 2023, saying it wanted to make space in what ended up being a busy month for game launches.
It will only be playable on current gen consoles including the Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and the PC so you may need to upgrade if you haven’t done so yet.
Despite a fairly fleshed out reveal, and a promise of a playable build at Gamescom back in 2022, THQ Nordic was initially very coy about a release date. Fortunately, the developer’s in-depth Alone in the Dark showcase has shed more light on this thrilling tale that stars David Harbour and Jodie Comer.
Alone in the Dark – plot and gameplay details
Alone in the Dark, we’re told, will be a reimagining of the first three games in the original series. Set in the 1920’s, you’ll be returning to Derceto Manor just as with the original 1992 release. You’ll also play as that game’s two protagonists: Edward Carnaby and Emily Hartwood.
However, we’re teased “a completely original story” that’ll incorporate “characters, places and themes” from all three games in the original 90s trilogy. So don’t assume prior knowledge will spoil anything for you.
The pair are investigating the disappearance of Emily’s uncle. He’s gone missing in the manor, where something evil lurks. We’re told both plots will cross, with unique parts to both character’s stories. The game will also take an over-the-shoulder perspective, similar to the recent Resident Evil 2 remake.
There’s also some horror experts on the game’s development team. They include Mikael Hedberg, the writer of SOMA and Amnesia. The team’s even recruited Guy Davies to design the game’s monsters. He’s previously collaborated with horror legend, Guillermo del Toro.