I must have been AFK from life for the last few days, because I had no idea that Atari were working on a new Alone in the Dark title. The last entry for the franchise was way back in 2008. It received mostly mixed to negative reviews. Will this new entry restore the faith of the fans?
The game is called Illumination, and it’s being developed for PC. Check out the teaser trailer.
After browsing through the official game website, it really sounds like it will be a mix between Alan Wake and Left 4 Dead. Players need to use light to create safe zones as well as to hurt enemies. Unlike a real survival/horror game, Illuminate will feature four player co-op. I don’t believe a game can be truly terrifying if you have friends along for the ride. The classes do sound interesting at least:
- The Hunter – As a direct descendant of Edward Carnby, a hero of the original Alone in the Dark, the Hunter grew up enthralled by the adventures of the “Supernatural Private Eye.” He knew every detail of every case, including the notes of the strange creatures encountered. His grandfather was his mentor and as such the Hunter vowed that he too would help rid the world of the evil Darkness.
Primary Weapons and Abilities: AK47, M4, P90, Flamethrower.
- The Witch – The great-granddaughter of Emily Hartwood, the heroine of the original Alone in the Dark. After her various other-worldly encounters with Edward Carnby, Emily Hartwood began to dabble in the supernatural world. But unlike other occult practitioners she met, Emily learned only what she needed to protect herself. Her great-granddaughter, the Witch, followed in her footsteps and also studied the supernatural arts. From a young age, the Witch had a natural gift for magic, and her abilities far surpassed those of her other family members. The Witch swore to use her abilities to help others, and help protect the world from evil forces, such as those that terrorized her family.
Primary Weapons and Abilities: Colt, Lightning Strike, Creature Control, Lightning Crawler.
- The Priest – The son of the nation’s most influential religious leaders, the Priest trained from a young age to combat the forces of darkness. With his enhanced abilities to heal and purify even the most extreme cases, the Priest has become a leading warrior in the never-ending battle against the darkness.
Primary Weapons and Abilities: Heaven and Hell, The Lord’s Blinding Light, Cleansing of the Sinners, The Binding Word.
- The Engineer – The daughter of the Chief Engineer of the world’s leading computer hardware manufacturer, the Engineer was born to work with electronics. While other children played with plastic blocks, she was making remote-controlled robots from parts she found in her father’s work shed. Making gadgets filled up the Engineer’s free time. Her goal is to create mechanical items which could rival her father’s groundbreaking work.
Primary Weapons and Abilities: Beretta, Pump Shotgun, The Tesla, Comet
Did you just skim over everything? Please allow me to draw your attention to the weapons the Priest has. Heaven and Hell? Cleansing of the Sinners? Sounds badass indeed! I would be keen to see how that class works.
According to Joystiq, Alone in the Dark: Illumination has November as its launch window. Does the game appeal to you at all? I would love to see some gameplay before I decide if it would be worth my time or not.
Last Updated: September 3, 2014