When Atari teased a new entry in the Alone in the Dark series last month, the initial response was something like “Wait, what?” The series had fallen on hard times with its latest entry in 2008 and a film by the same name directed by the infamous Uwe Boll, so its resurrection was a bit of a surprise. Not only that – the developer, Pure, isn’t exactly a known name in the industry quite yet.
Now that Atari has released more information, we’re starting to get a better picture of what we can look forward to when the game releases sometime this fall. Alone in the Dark: Illumination is set in the modern day but aims to keep the focus aimed squarely on Lovecraftian horror. The game looks to be a riff on Left 4 Dead‘s 4-player cooperative formula.
The game will feature linear, multiplayer campaigns and different character classes. The main mechanical hook involves pulling monsters in range of light sources to make them vulnerable.
At first, I was really down on the idea of Alone in the Dark being resurrected, but now, at least, I’m curious. Choosing this series to resurrect is an interesting decision because of that baggage, but a focus on horror could make this a fun take on the cooperative shooter genre.