Supermassive Games has released a new gameplay trailer for The Dark Pictures: Little Hope, and it hits a bit different.
The game was originally due to come out this month, but was pushed back due to ongoing pandemic concerns. “Our priority, throughout, has been the safety of our team,” said executive producer Pete Samuels, as the studio transitioned to a remote workflow. It has been a struggle, but the team is coping, and the game appears better for the wait.
This is the second game in the Dark Pictures Anthology, Supermassive’s latest iteration of their choose-your-own adventures in the horror genre. Following Man of Medan, this new game looks much more sinister and spooky, but in a good way. The newest game ups the visual quality, while also taking lessons learned from previous games to heart.
The developers have included more clarified conversation options and new visual cues that tell the player where to look. The first game in the new franchise was a little too drab for some players, and Supermassive want folks to be able to see what’s happening. Unlike Until Dawn and Man of Medan, this game holds a lot more potential and promise, primarily through allowing more freedom of movement. The environments have been opened up, and have more interesting elements to explore, all of which are more visibly highlighted.
The visual style of the game has also changed, adding to the shift in tone. The new storyline evokes a much more intriguing and historical feel. The echoes of the colonial era, mixed with commentary on the events of witch trials, makes for a potent that’s still surprisingly relevant in 2020. It’s also great hunting ground for ghost stories apparently.
Check out the trailer for The Dark Pictures: Little Hope down below. The game is due out later in 2020 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.