Originally slated to arrive this fall, THQ Nordic has moved Alone in the Dark to a spot where it’ll have a bit more of the spotlight.
Now more alone then ever
Have you been keeping tabs on Alone in the Dark? The terrific looking horror title reboots the classic gaming series back to the original story, and is set to star actor David Harbour as the original series’ protagonist Edward Carnby. The revamp adds in a second main character with Emily Hartwood as well (both are playable), the client who hires detective Carnby to find her missing uncle. That sets off a mystical, cosmic-horror-driven adventure through the terrifying old-south mansion of Derceto.
If you’re a fan of the property, it’s tough not to get excited for this one, as Alone in the Dark hasn’t had a notable entry in years. And up to now, this new reboot is looking every bit the part.
Deep in the 1920’s South, Emily Hartwood’s uncle has gone missing. Together with private investigator Edward Carnby, she embarks on a journey to Derceto Manor, a home for the mentally ill where something is lurking. You’ll encounter strange residents, nightmarish realms, and dangerous monsters, and ultimately uncover the plot of rising evil. At the intersection of reality, mystery, and insanity, an adventure awaits that will change your core beliefs. Who can you trust, what will you believe, and what will you do next?THQ Nordic press release
Delay of haunt
The above was on track to hit consoles and the PC this Halloween, but as mentioned that’s no longer the case. Pieces Interactive’s newest will instead be making its way towards a January of 2024 launch, and there are a few reasons in play.
According to publisher THQ Nordic, and the company is making no bones about this, it’s partly moving Alone in the Dark to avoid getting lost in the mania of Alan Wake 2 and Spider-Man 2. Both of those potential blockbusters arrive next month, and it’s easy to see where there’d be cause for concern with those names floating around in the same window.
So for that reason alone the move is probably a good one overall, although definitely still a disappointing one for AitD fans. Of course there is another reason for the change too, and that’s to give the dev team some more time with the game. So aside from getting a bit more of a spotlight, players can expect a generally better experience as well.
Between the new January 16th, 2024 launch date and the extra polish-time, Alone in the Dark continues to be a title to watch.