Game news The remake of the father of Resident Evil offers a demo, a monstrous surprise?
Following a dedicated meeting, on the night of May 25 to 26, 2023, the remake of Alone in the Dark got a demo! Enough to test, for the first time, the redesign of the game that inspired Resident Evil.
Above, in auto-play, find a few minutes from the Alone in the Dark 2023 demo.
On the sidelines of Alan Wake and Resident Evil 4, another horror game “monster” will make a comeback in 2023… It’s even the most illustrious of all, since it’s Alone in the Dark – the French Infogrames title that inspired Capcom’s license. On October 25, this video game monument will rise from its ashes thanks to a remake on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series. Can’t wait any longer? Don’t worry, THQ Nordic and “Pieces Interactive” studio just shared a ten-minute playable prologue. Everything is available for free on all three media.
For this preview, the player is in command of young Grace Sanders, resident of Decerto Manor (at the time introduced in Alone in the Dark 2). A person who – like the building that houses him – does not seem to be going well… In the first seconds of the demo, this one tinkers with a gloomy mask using a novel “Alone in the Dark”, and his works of art, hanging on the wall, are hardly more reassuring. In the 1st trailer for the remake, released in August 2022, Grace even had fun hanging her dolls | to put on herself, the noose around her neck. The icing on the cake, the child does not seem in any way disturbed by the terrifying events that occur at the mansion.
Because yes, Decerto is not a very popular place… During his few minutes of play, we had cold sweats more than once! From what we have seen, the atmosphere has been the subject of particular care, whether in terms of art direction or sound design – even if there are a few technical oddities. “The goal is always to create a mystery, right? Something that is more than a few jump scares” notes Mikael Hedberg, director of the project, in the Alone in the Dark Spotlight of May 25-26, 2023. On this point, this overhaul promises to be auspicious.
2 actors at the top
Another point that seems super solid (and that we didn’t necessarily expect): the acting. We learned it during the famous Spotlight… the actors David Harbor (Jim Hopper in the series Stranger Things) et Jodie Corner (The Last Duel, Free Guy) will camp the two main roles, namely the private detective Edward Carnby, Emily Hartwood. It is this one who is invited to come to the Decerto Manor, after having received a strange letter from her uncle, Jeremy Hartwood. In the final title, players will have the opportunity to switch heroes, each bringing a different light to the scenario.
At the end of the demo, we are treated to a few lines of dialogue from the two actors (there are plenty more in the Alone in the Dark Spotlight). The role of the “tough guy” inspector fits Harbor like a glove, and Corner comes across as both endearing and nuanced… A duo that could very well elevate this remake even further. Of course, we are waiting to see the evolution of the story, the mysteries and the gameplay. But, for now, this Alone in the Dark version 2023 could do well.