Atari has announced that the much-beloved horror franchise Alone in the Dark is making a comeback, with a new PC game announced for later this year. However, it looks like the studio might need to brush up on its reading comprehension.
Company CEO Fred Chesnais also announced the return of Haunted House, with Haunted House: Cryptic Graves also in development.
Atari was at the forefront of the survival horror game genre, with both Haunted House and Alone in the Dark shaping the category throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. The modern and updated versions of these games will resonate with enthusiasts of the classics worldwide, and engage new fans through suspenseful, action-packed PC gameplay.
So: Alone in the Dark: Illumination. Let’s see what we know about it. The new game will be the sixth Alone in the Dark title, and the first since the 2008 mess from Eden Games. It actually sounds pretty good – we’re promised “a mix of new twists, storylines and gameplay to give players a frightening new experience”. We’re also promised four-person online co-op multiplayer.
…and that’s where the problem is. The title of the franchise includes a couple of key components: Alone in the Dark. Why then, is this a co-operative game, subtitled Illumination?