To close out the Halloween season, Bandai Namco is releasing a special treat for horror fans in the form of The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope. The summary of the newest terrifying entry in Supermassive Games’ series is as follows:
“Abandoned and all alone, four college students and their teacher become stranded in an isolated town miles from anywhere after their bus crashes in bad weather. Trapped by a mysterious fog in the town of Little Hope, they search desperately for a means of escape whilst visions from the past haunt them from the shadows. Will your decisions and quick actions be enough to save each character in the party?”
This single or multiplayer experience continues in the same vein as developer Supermassive Games’ previous title Man of Medan (2019), where your choices determine whether you will survive to see the credits roll. Starting with the fantastic Until Dawn (2015), Supermassive has continued to explore and iterate on the ‘choose your own adventure’ premise and mechanics.
In the spirit of horror nostalgia, this unique subset of the genre reminds me of the R.L. Stine: Give Yourself Goosebumps series from the 1990s.
The legacy of this adventure game format continues in Little Hope. Grab your best ghoul-friends, turn off the lights, wipe those sweaty palms, and see what twists-and-turns await in this long-awaited sequel to Man of Medan.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope launches in the Americas on October 30, 2020, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PCs via Steam. Additionally, both entries of The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan and Little Hope will be compatible with the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X.