Survival horror stalwart Alone in the Dark and the ageing Haunted House are back and getting reboots courtesy of Atari. Alone in the Dark: Illumination is a PC-only horror game due out later this year, and will be shown in full at Seattle’s PAX Prime event later this month.
Fondly remembered as the roots of the horror genre, Alone in the Dark began in the original 1992 DOS release, making a name for itself for its story based on Lovecraftian lore. It’s undergone a number of different reboots already, including the Resident Evil-style Alone in the Dark: A New Nightmare, and the poorly received Alone in the Dark 2008 reboot. Now it’s back with Alone in the Dark: Illumination, which Atari pitches as a re-imagined take on the classic survival horror series.
In development at relatively unknown studio Pure, a teaser website has cropped up for Alone in the Dark: Illumination, with more expected to be shown in Autumn. This series has always been a personal favourite of mine so it’ll be interesting to see what Atari’s got up its sleeves with it.
Next up is Haunted House, a modern-day remake of the Atari 2600 original. Underway at Italian studio Dreampainters, who created PC horror title Anna, Haunted House is actually the fourth reboot of this ancient series. No news on this one yet but it will also be exclusive to PC, and we’ll hopefully get some more news at PAX Prime later this month.
Publisher Atari has had a low-key profile during the past year following a filing for bankruptcy, but the long running publisher looks to be getting back on its feet. Just last week it announced work on RollerCoaster Tycoon World, which is due out in early 2015. Interested in the reboots of either of these series? Does Alone in the Dark hold a special place in your heart? Follow the call of Cthulhu down to the comments below!