Known for its critically acclaimed survival horror game Until Dawn, Supermassive Games kicked off its next project, The Dark Pictures Anthology, last year with Man of Medan, which told the frightening story of a group of college students who find themselves aboard a ghost ship. Now, the next entry in the horror franchise is nearly here. A recent trailer revealed the anthology’s next installment, Little Hope, will release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC sometime this summer, nearly one year after Man of Medan. And if you already know it’s a day-one purchase for you, Amazon is starting to open up pre-orders for The Dark Pictures: Little Hope.
Like Until Dawn and the first Dark Pictures game, Little Hope will involve playing as several different characters from a third-person perspective and making decisions as the story progresses that will affect various outcomes. The decisions you make for each character affects how their personality evolves over the course of the game, and those decisions also affect their relationships with each other. As a result, there are multiple endings and different ways that things can play out in Little Hope, and as always, the stakes are high–no one is guaranteed to survive if you don’t think carefully about your next move.
Story-wise, Little Hope follows a new group of college students along with their teacher, who find themselves stranded in a quaint, isolated town shrouded in fog after their bus crashes in a storm. You soon discover the town has a dark and bloody past–in the 17th century, the town was “gripped by witchcraft,” and nobody was safe from the accusations that would cause your death. The trailer shows flashbacks to 1692, when these Salem-inspired events took place, and it seems as though your actions in the past will affect how the future plays out, although it’s unclear exactly how much agency you’ll have in these scenes.
“All that suffering, all that malice leaves a profound effect. It creates repercussions. And there are always repercussions,” teases the mysterious Curator in the trailer, the omnipresent narrator from Man of Medan who returns to guide you and speak to you directly as the player in Little Hope.
While similar to Until Dawn in many ways, The Dark Pictures Anthology innovates on the genre with its multiplayer gameplay, which is set up perfectly for a spook-filled game night. In the couch co-op Movie Night mode, each player will pick a character (or two, depending on your group size) to play as, and every time that character has a playable scene, you’ll pass the controller around. You can also play online with a friend in the two-player Shared Story mode. While each player will experience the story together, at certain points the story will branch off, giving each player a unique perspective of the events. The new multiplayer elements in The Dark Pictures Anthology were inspired by the immense popularity of Until Dawn streaming and the fact that many people would gather to play through the game together. Of course, you can still play the entire story solo if you wish.
Pre-order The Dark Pictures: Little Hope
As of right now, there’s only a standard edition available for The Dark Pictures: Little Hope. It’s selling for $30, the same price as Man of Medan at launch. Pre-order listings are live now for PS4 and Xbox One. It’s not available for PC yet, but we expect more listings will go live soon. The Amazon listing below offers free release-day shipping and the pre-order price guarantee–if the game gets discounted before launch, you’ll be charged only the cheapest price once it ships. At Best Buy and GameStop, this game falls just short of the $35 minimum that gets you free shipping, but you’ll still get your copy by release day.
Little Hope is a self-contained story that doesn’t require playing the first game, but if you never checked out Man of Medan, you can grab it on sale right now below. There’s also a free Curator’s Cut available on each platform that shows you new playable scenes from other characters’ perspectives, offering new decisions to be made and new consequences to be had.
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