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Alone in the Dark Reboot: Delayed but Worth the Wait

Alone in the Dark Reboot: Delayed but Worth the Wait
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Alone in the Dark was originally slated for an October launch but it  has been pushed back to January 16th. It appears that the decision is not because of development issues or because of the need for additional polish.Rather, it’s a strategic decision to ensure that the game doesn’t have a weak launch amidst the gaming frenzy that is the month of October.

The company believes that the unique and immersive experience of the game would be drowned out in the cacophony of game releases during October. And when you look at the list of titles set to drop that month, it’s not hard to see why.

Gamers will be spoiled for choice this October with titles like Super Mario Bros. Wonder, Forza Motorsport, Spider-Man 2, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Detective Pikachu Returns, Sonic Superstars, and Alan Wake II. September too has a packed release calendar. 

Interestingly, none of the September or October releases are survival horror games, although Alan Wake comes close. This might just work in Alone in the Dark’s favor, giving it an opportunity to carve out a dedicated niche audience eager for a spine-tingling experience.

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Alone in the Dark holds a significant place in gaming history. The original game is considered the pioneer of 3D survival horror. It arrived even four years before the iconic Resident Evil franchise. Alone in the Dark has seen sequels, spin-offs, and even previous attempts at rebooting the series since its debut in the 90s. THQ Nordic acquired the license for the game in 2018 and the upcoming installment is going to be the first game developed by them for the franchise.

Mikael Hedberg has crafted the narrative for the game. He was the mind behind other survival horror classics like Soma and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Guy Davis, a long-time collaborator of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, is in charge of creature design. 

THQ Nordic has made it clear that this new installment will be a completely original game while featuring playable characters from the 1990s titles. Gamers can look forward to experiencing the game on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. 

Video by THQ Nordic

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