Supermassive Games’ The Quarry will be radically different from The Dark Pictures Anthology, and instead be the spiritual successor to Until Dawn – so we asked what the key differences were.
While these are all player-selected interactive horror games, The Quarry director Will Byles says there are distinctive features that distinguish the Dark Pictures game from other versions of Supermassive.
“Dark Pictures is clearly an anthology and has gone the route of a shared story and shorter format with a higher tempo,” he explains. This means Supermassive has more freedom and can be drawn from a variety of genres: “It’s a lovely horror series,” Byles added.
This has definitely happened so far. The first Dark Pictures game, Man of Medan, is about a group of friends searching for a mysterious shipwreck. Next up is Little Hope, where a college bus gets stuck in a ghost town, and House of Ashes, which has an ancient temple full of vampires.
However, The Quarry, like Until Dawn, is a teen-age killer creature feature series that Byles says is more suited to more traditional horror games. “For this teen thriller, it’s not a set record but there’s a certain amount of expectation,” he said.
“It’s a lot lighter. It has a lot of weird referencing like Scream where we all know the rules and the rules are ‘don’t open the door’ or ‘when there’s a trap door with a sound’. noise behind it, leave it alone’.”
Screenshots of The Quarry
It looks like Supermassive will follow this format as it releases an occasional non-Dark Pictures game in the run-up to the anthology’s impending relaunch, as it’s been announced the “final season one” installment of Dark Pictures Anthology : The Devil in Me.
This stands above six other trademarked Dark Pictures games, though there’s no guarantee that all of these will be turned into full games.
IGN has given The Dark Pictures Anthology mixed reviews so far. We’ve said that Man of Medan is “good”, and “offers a terrifying horror adventure” with consequences directly related to player actions. Little Hope is “trivial,” with “sloppy characters and relatively meaningless consequences,” but we think House of Ashes is “great,” and the studio’s best film since Until Dawn was released. launched in 2015.
The Quarry launches on June 10 for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox Series and One, and PC via Steam, and you can learn everything we know about it here.
Ryan Dinsdale is a freelancer on IGN who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.
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