Alone within the Dark Spotlight – Hollywood expertise and new gameplay – PlayStation.Weblog

by Ethan Marley

Returning to the origin of survival horror with Alone within the Dark meant making a devoted love letter for long-term followers, but in addition an accessible entry level for brand new gamers. Crafting a reimagining that trendy players will love whereas staying true to the unique expertise takes time, and we’re completely satisfied to disclose that the wait is nearly over – Alone within the Dark will launch on PlayStation 5 on October 25.

The workforce at Pieces Interactive are die-hard Alone within the Dark followers, and knew precisely the place to show when it got here to reimagining the sport that gave beginning to a style. Creatively led by Mikael Hedberg, author of horror classics Amnesia: The Dark Descent and SOMA, with creature designs from legendary Guillermo Del Toro collaborator Guy Davis, their imaginative and prescient for Alone within the Dark was a dream (or is that nightmare?) come true for us.

Alone in the Dark Spotlight – Hollywood talent and new gameplay

As with any good survival horror recreation, we in fact have mind-bending puzzles and clues you’ll must discover to search out, with a twist. If you wish to actually flex your investigative muscle mass, select our problem that gives much less help, or you possibly can choose an possibility which supplies extra ideas, hints, and total steering.

Today, we absolutely unveiled this new, nightmarish imaginative and prescient to the world in our Alone within the Dark Spotlight stream. Across 11 nerve-jangling minutes, we revealed our starring expertise of David Harbour as Detective Edward Carnby and Jodie Comer as Emily Hartwood, gave you a have a look at all-new gameplay and cutscenes, and dove into how the haunting Doom Jazz soundscape of Derceto Manor was delivered to life. We additionally launched our playable Prologue, the place you will get a brief glimpse of the horrors that await you within the full recreation, right this moment.

A brand new era of basic horror

The energy of recent {hardware} has unlocked new prospects, particularly relating to our lead character performances. Being capable of seize extra emotion in faces meant we may carry our twin protagonists Detective Edward Carnby (David Harbour) and Emily Hartwood (Jodie Comer) to life like by no means earlier than. Whoever you select to play as, you’ll expertise your entire journey by way of a efficiency from one in every of Hollywood’s most proficient actors of their first ever videogame position.

While Edward and Emily could undergo the identical total occasions in Alone within the Dark, each characters will interpret their journey in another way by way of their reactions to their environments – and some distinctive story moments. They every have their very own robust personalities and backstories, and the residents of Derceto will deal with them in their very own means.

A-list within the Dark

Edward and Emily are introduced collectively by the identical quest – discovering out what occurred to Jeremy Hartwood, Emily’s uncle. Be it the promise of labor {and professional} curiosity, or discovering an expensive relative and shaking the household curse, each characters have advanced motivations for coming to Derceto, and their actions are tainted by particular person previous traumas.

David Harbour brings his trademark depth to his position as Edward, but in addition his playfulness. When thrust into unimaginable conditions, our pure response is terror, even questioning our personal sanity, which David captures completely. Sometimes, nevertheless, we attempt to metal ourselves towards our worst fears with humor. The dry wit that David has delivered to a few of his most well-known characters shines by way of in Edward, ever the inquisitive, barely world-weary investigator.

Jodie Comer isn’t any stranger to disappearing into a job, having not too long ago earned a well-deserved Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play, on high of her BAFTA and Emmy awards. Jodie portrays Emily with professional nuance, without delay displaying concern for her lacking uncle and dread for the destiny which can befall her on account of the Hartwood curse. Whether interacting with Derceto’s unusual inhabitants or warding off otherworldly creatures, Jodie offers a world-class efficiency.

No matter who you select at first of our recreation, you’ll expertise the efficiency that Alone within the Dark gamers deserve. The recreation begs to be replayed by way of each characters’ eyes, and we are able to’t wait to listen to what you consider our two unimaginable leads.

The sound of trauma

Our recreation is ready in Nineteen Twenties Louisiana, in a interval of unease and extra, caught between two World Wars. Realizing this thick environment of “Interbellum Horror” known as for a singular sound that mirrored the turmoil of the time, in addition to the music that emerged from it.

Doom Jazz legend Jason Köhnen (Bong-Ra) lent his skills to capturing Alone within the Dark’s otherworldly chaos, contributing songs that really feel without delay nostalgic, trendy… and from some other place, not of this world. Based on these songs, Sound Designer & Composer Árni Bergur Zoëga has crafted an eerie, mysterious soundscape that may have you ever trying over your shoulder for days – particularly if you happen to’re a headphones person.

A style of the phobia to come back

While the workforce at Pieces are nonetheless working onerous on placing the ending touches on Alone within the Dark, we needed to present you a sneak peek on the world they’ve constructed. Right now, you possibly can obtain the playable Prologue without cost and begin your descent into our warped world right this moment.

The Prologue follows eleven-year-old Grace Saunders, who eagle-eyed followers could acknowledge from Alone within the Dark 2 and its personal playable prequel, Jack within the Dark. Tasked with delivering the letter that may carry Emily to Derceto, you’ll get a primary look contained in the manor and the forces preying on its residents’ sanity. Simply go to the shop to obtain.

We nonetheless have some surprises in retailer between now and launch – within the meantime, you possibly can watch the Spotlight, play our Prologue, and pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition for entry to bonus content material. We’ll see you on October 25!

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