Alone in the Dark 2024: The founder of the survival horror genre returns to reclaim the throne?

If you don’t know, the original version of Alone in the Dark released in 1992 is a game that had an extremely profound impact on the series horror game. Originally appearing on MS-DOS computers, Alone in the Dark has become one of the foundational pillars of the genre. survival horror, a genre that didn’t even exist at the time of its release. By establishing survival horror gameplay conventions and incorporating various horror influences (including homages to the films of George Romero and Dario Argento), Alone in the Dark became became one of the main sources of inspiration for its spiritual successors, such as Capcom’s Sweet Home on the Famicom. Sweet Home later inspired another game, now widely known as the legendary Resident Evil.


Despite a good start, Alone in the Dark’s sequels did not become a decades-long game series like Resident Evil and have almost fallen into oblivion. However, in the near future, a remake of Alone in the Dark will be recreated by Pieces Interactive and THQ Nordic, promising to revive the entire game series.

Alone in the Dark 2024 will recreate the original game and its two sequels. However, instead of being a regular remake, the game will tell an original story while integrating elements from the classic trilogy. Presented from a third-person perspective, the story follows Edward Carnby and Emily Hartwood as they make their way to Derceto Manor, once home to Emily’s missing uncle. The game was originally scheduled to be released in October 2023, then moved to January, and finally March 2024.


The new version of Alone in the Dark will be released at a time when the survival horror game series is in a renaissance period. However, because of that, the game will obviously be compared to more modern genres, typically two prominent names last year like Dead Space or Resident Evil 4 remake. Responding to these comparisons, Alone in the Dark producer Andreas Schmiedecker acknowledged the inevitable connection between Alone in the Dark and Resident Evil, and explained why the gothic horror game Lovecraft’s style certainly still has its own unmistakable qualities. He was also quick to point out that players should expect something unique from the latest version of Alone in the Dark:


While the new Alone in the Dark may borrow some modern elements from contemporary survival horror games, the tone, story, and horrifying atmosphere will retain the originality of the game. original game, giving fans a feeling of both nostalgia and newness of the genre.

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