Atari Bringing Back ‘Alone in the Dark’, ‘Haunted House’

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Atari has just announced their plans to “reimagine” two of their horror classics, including Haunted House, which released in 1992 making it one of the earliest examples of survival horror, and Alone in the Dark: Illumination. At least the bar has been set about as low as possible after the disaster that was the 2008 reboot. As a series, Alone in the Dark has struggled for some time. I was almost positive we wouldn’t be hearing from it again, or at least not for some time.

So how far off are these games, you ask? 2015? 2016? Despite our just hearing about them, both games are coming to PC this fall.

According to a teaser site for Alone in the Dark: Illumination, development is being handled by a studio called Pure. They must be new, as I haven’t heard of them and after a bit of searching I was unable to find any semblance of an online presence for the developer. I’m going to go ahead and assume this isn’t them.

Haunted House is in the potentially capable hands of indie developer Dreampainters, the studio behind the PC indie horror game Anna. I wasn’t a big fan of the game, but at least we can take some comfort in knowing they’re familiar with the genre. The last two Haunted House games were decidedly family friendly, but I don’t think the same will go for this game. How could it, when its teaser site has “Terror Returns” plastered on it?

That’s everything we know so far. Atari promises to illuminate us (ha! er, sorry) with more details on each game at PAX Prime (Aug 29-Sept 1).

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  • ThunderDragoon

    Loving all this horror goodness we’re getting lately.

    • Richter Belmont

      I’ve noticed a lot of the FPS fans are hating it! Ha, ha! Hopefully, this is the beginning of the end for all those bro gamers!

      • Adam Dodd

        You wanna take this outside, brah?!

        • Richter Belmont

          What? I’m not wearing a bra. ; )

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  • James Daniel Massey

    So far, I like every installment in the AITD franchise. I grew up playing the original first three for the PC. Even though they were hard as hell they still were a blast to play. The next two attempts to bring back the franchise were a step forward but in the wrong direction. The canceled remake of the original is the right direction. I hope this one will be close the original style of the franchise. I’d also like to see the game go back to the 20s – 40s era.