The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope, the latest installment in the series, will be launching on October 30, just in time for Halloween later this year.
Both the game’s developer, Supermassive Games, and its publisher, Bandai Namco, made the official announcement, while also noting that the launch will be on Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One, and PC by way of Steam.
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Although the release schedule for the Curator’s Cut is expected to follow a few months after Little Hope’s launch, Early Access should allow players to try out a certain scenario with characters not normally accessible.
New trailer released
For good measure, a new trailer for The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope was also released along with the announcement of the launch date.
Without giving too much away, the latest trailer serves up some fresh details about the second installment, which appears to follow a more ghost story-driven plot.
As far as the premise goes, Little Hope follows four college students who get stranded in a mysterious town called Little Hope (hence the title), after their bus crashes due to foul weather.
Their situation is not helped by the fact that a fog is invading the area, not only trapping the foursome, but bringing along with it some unknown dangers, mostly of the supernatural kind.
The four students now have to unravel the motivation of the ghosts that haunt them, or else there’s little hope for them to escape Little Hope.
Expanding upon Man of Medan
And while this first installment also touched on some paranormal elements, its plot had a bigger focus on pirate kidnappers.
Little Hope should deliver more on the supernatural side, and based on what can be seen on the trailer, fans are already mentioning the thematic similarities to Silent Hill.
Having said that, Supermassive Games should have plenty of other opportunities to explore different ways it can tell horror survival stories in future installments.
The original plan was to launch a total of eight installments under The Dark Pictures Anthology lineup, with a couple of installments released every year.
Obviously, the current global health crisis has since derailed those plans, but Supermassive Games and Bandai Namco are still looking to keep moving The Dark Pictures Anthology stories forward.
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