A reboot of one of the fathers of the survival horror genre, Alone in the Dark, was announced last year, but other than an initial reveal trailer, new information has been few and far between. That changed with a brand-new Alone in the Dark Spotlight announced via Twitter and streamed on YouTube. This 11-minute video dives into the story and characters of the upcoming game, as well as showing off snippets of new gameplay. But most importantly for fans, it reveals a playable prologue, available to download and play for free today.
This reboot of Alone in the Dark promises to keep the atmosphere, puzzles, and unsettling horror of the 1992 original, while updating the gameplay, camera, and graphics. Like the original, the story follows private investigator Edward Carnby (now played by Stranger Things’ David Harbour) as he explores the Lovecraftian horrors of the Derceto Mansion and attempts to help Emily Hartwood (played by Killing Eve’s Jodie Cromer) solve the mystery of her uncle’s suicide. Players will be able to choose who they play as at the start of the game, and experience a slightly different story based on their choice. This reimagining has been written by the lead writer behind modern horror classics Amnesia: The Dark Descent and SOMA.
The free prologue plays a hand in setting up the reimagined story and characters, and sees players exploring a section of the Derceto Mansion as a young girl called Grace. The developers at THQ Nordic hope this small slice of gameplay will convey the full game’s atmosphere of dread and terror, while also allowing players to try their hand at the title’s reworked puzzles. However, due to the age of the protagonist, there is no combat. Of course, this prologue was also released to start building hype and pre-order numbers prior to the full game’s release on October 25, 2023.
Alone in the Dark will release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Steam, and its free playable Prologue is available to download from all three stores today.