Since the release of Until Dawn, Supermassive games have made a name for themselves on Playstation 4 by experimenting with various styles of interactive horror games. While none of their experiments have been as successful as Until Dawn, games like The Inpatient and Hidden Agenda continue to show Supermassive as one of the most talented narrative-focused developers around. Now they’ve teamed up with Bandai Namco to deliver a series of branching narrative horror experiences in the same vein as Until Dawn.
The first entry of The Dark Pictures Anthology, titled Man of Medan, will be releasing on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC in 2019. In a Playstation Blog post, Supermassive CEO Pete Samuels gave some insight into the idea behind the new series, and where it could go in the future.
At Supermassive, we have a passion to deliver powerful cinematic stories and we’re following on from titles like Until Dawn and The Inpatient by telling new horror stories that we expect the fans will want to play. Each game in the series will feature a brand new story, setting, and characters. The Anthology format gives us the opportunity to tap into a variety of horror sub-genres. We’ve identified 39 that we’d love to represent in the Anthology, but that would take some time!
Man of Medan centers on a group of four American youths looking for treasure in the remains of a sunken WWII-era shipwreck. In classic horror fashion, things go wrong, and player choice will determine the outcome of the story.
Taking Supermassive’s trademark narrative game style and turning it into an anthology series is an ambitious move. Even if they have plenty of material to work with, the high production values of their games doesn’t lend itself well to pumping out multiple titles a year. Hopefully Man of Medan does well enough to keep The Dark Pictures series going, as I’ve got a feeling Supermassive still has plenty of creativity up their sleeves.
You can check out Man of Medan‘s reveal trailer down below.