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Alone In The Dark is Set for Yet Another Comeback

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Will it find the light?

Alone In The Dark on Wii, released back in 2008, won't exactly go down in the annals of history as a classic. While the original game in this franchise is widely cited as a source of inspiration for subsequent survival horror experiences, the Atari-published reboot in the previous generation of systems didn't go down particularly well. Applying modern touches to a retro gem is an awkward business.

Atari, in its latest guise as a small business with a somewhat interesting comeback strategy, is planning a new "re-imagined" entry in the series. Slightly concerning is the fact that the named developer, Pure FPS, doesn't have any noticeable presence online — that instantly raises some alarm bells, with Atari potentially hiring an unproven development studio to work on an iconic brand. In any case, it'll apparently be on show at PAX, so we'll see more soon.

Is this a series you hope to see return to Nintendo hardware, or should it be left alone to savour its retro heritage? Let us know what you think.

[via kotaku.com]

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User Comments (30)

TheWindWaker

#1

TheWindWaker said:

I got to a certain point on the wii version where I knew what to do but the awkward controls simply wouldn't allow me to do it. I couldn't proceed and it was sad...

Jahir

#2

Jahir said:

Pure FPS? PURE FPS?! What kind of name is that for a developer? Well, I think we all know what's gonna be the result of this (another action game with tiny bits of horror)

SilentHunter382

#3

SilentHunter382 said:

I hated the controls in the 2008 game but the soundtrack was bloody amazing.

I will keep an eye on the development of the game but I won't be expecting to be a good game.

ChessboardMan

#5

ChessboardMan said:

I played it on another platform… up to a point. What a mess that was. Well it's already been proven that the people who own the franchise don't care much for it, just look at the movie. Better yet, watch the Nostalgia Critic review.

Donutman

#6

Donutman said:

I wanted to like the last one(wii) but broken controls ruined it. I would get this if it comes back to Nintendo.

Darknyht

#7

Darknyht said:

I just wish they would just recreate the original three on PC with improved graphics and include all the interesting artifacts in the case/box. Part of the charm was that it was set in the 20's when the occult was still a somewhat mainstream part of culture.

MoonKnight7

#8

MoonKnight7 said:

Hmm, I'm not sure how I feel about a company with a name like that, plus the fact that they don't seem to have much of a portfolio.

Josaku

#9

Josaku said:

The Xbox360 game was . . . rerally not a good game, the soundtrack was cool though. I really hope they come a little closer to the first one in the next installment . . I doubt it though.

Pod

#11

Pod said:

That's what, the third or fourth reimagining fo the franchise?

Without Frederic Reynal's involvement, it's not likely to be interesting to me.

Shambo

#12

Shambo said:

My first experience with the series was actually the GBC version of the new nightmare, and I still find that to be an impressive outing. Later I played it on PS2, and was somewhat disappointed, only to find out that I enjoyed it quite a lot when I later played it on PS1. The reboot, on the other hand... I did finish it on Wii, somehow. But only a few parts were enjoyable. And first-person aiming was hilarious when twisting the remote sideways, since aiming side to side still made the gun go left to right... But from its 'own standpoint'.

crazycrazydave

#13

crazycrazydave said:

The 2008 game is the only bad game that has the courtesy of letting you skip most of the game. At least it had that going for it.

Ryno

#14

Ryno said:

I played it on the PS3, which was supposedly improved if I remember correctly. Actually it was the Inferno version, I remember now. It was ok, better than all other versions.

Laxeybobby

#16

Laxeybobby said:

"Not coming to WiiU". Get used to those words as it appears this is going to be the norm for any game not made by Nintendo, Nintendo affiliate or eShop indies.
The latest being today's COD announcement.

ZB42

#17

ZB42 said:

This is the only game I've ever sold back. I finished it and was disappointed throughout. God help you if you made it to the forklift level.

I loved the setting, though. The game had some great concepts, but beyond horrid execution. The original PC version was so much better.

chiptoon

#18

chiptoon said:

Not sure it the word 'comeback' can be applied to any of the Alone in the Dark reboots.

jpfan1989

#20

jpfan1989 said:

I hope this one doesn't bomb. I played vthe last one on 360 the controls were so bad that the game was unplayable.

DarkCoolEdge

#21

DarkCoolEdge said:

It doesn't matter if it ends up being good (it probably won't) because it will not come out on WiiU.

Bizzyb

#22

Bizzyb said:

Why even bother talking about 3rd party games anymore...it's becoming clear the industry doesn't want to have anything to do with Nintendo anymore. Outside of a few hits on 3DS even japanese publishers are scaling back support.

Thats-what-shy

#23

Thats-what-shy said:

My very first horror/survival game waaaaaaaay back on my MS DOS-based PC, running a 486 CPU!
(You kids don't know what I'm talking about)

Mega719

#24

Mega719 said:

Only played the demo of the PS3 one do i don't know if i want this. But given what we seen we can't really expect this to hit Wii U. Unless Fatal Frame V convinces the developer that Wii U is perfect for survival horror

joey302

#25

joey302 said:

Hey Atari while you're at it why not post some of your many classics like Asteroids and Centipede on wii u eshop???

MuchoMochi

#29

MuchoMochi said:

I'm the light-bringer, I'm the F***ING universe!

In all seriousness, that game sucked, yet had so much potential. I'm interested to see if they can pull it off this time.

Caryslan

#30

Caryslan said:

Alone in The Dark is kinda like Resident Evil, a game that left its roots and lost its way. Although, Alone in The Dark fell alot harder than Resident Evil, which really did not get a bad game until 6.

The first Alone in The Dark was an awesome game, and one of the best and most innovative games of its time. I had the 3D0 version, and that game often feels even more creepy than the PS1 Resident Evil games.

Come on Atari, do it right this time!

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