Until Dawn creator returns with The Dark Pictures Anthology, a series of standalone horror games for PS4

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Until Dawn creator returns with The Dark Pictures Anthology, a series of standalone horror games for PS4

Survive a ghost ship in the first installment, Man of Medan, launching next year

Hi there, I’m Pete Samuels, CEO and Executive Producer at Supermassive Games. I am really excited to be talking to you today about The Dark Pictures Anthology – a series of stand-alone, cinematic branching horror games. The first in the series is called Man of Medan and is launching in 2019.


At Supermassive, we have a passion to deliver powerful cinematic stories and we’re following on from titles like Until Dawn and The Inpatient by telling new horror stories that we expect the fans will want to play. Each game in the series will feature a brand new story, setting, and characters. The Anthology format gives us the opportunity to tap into a variety of horror sub-genres. We’ve identified 39 that we’d love to represent in the Anthology, but that would take some time!


The story of Man of Medan starts off on a dive boat in the South Pacific. With a rumoured WWII wreck to find, and plenty of on-deck partying to be had, our group of 4 young Americans and their skipper Fliss get ready for what should be the trip of a lifetime…but it doesn’t go quite to plan. As the day unfolds, and a storm rolls in, they find themselves trapped on board a ghost ship. Subjected to unimaginable stress and terror, they must try to find a way to escape the ship and its sinister history.


Man of Medan, like all the games in the Dark Pictures Anthology, is hugely replayable. In fact there is more branching in Man of Medan than any of our previous games. There are multiple endings and multiple scenarios based on the decisions you make in the game. Be careful though as all the playable characters can live, and any and all of them can die, depending on the choices you make.

Through the protaganists eyes you will uncover the secrets of the mystery surrounding the ill-fated boat. Figuring this out can save their lives – but whether or not they all escape is up to you.

Creating this project has been massively exciting for us and we can’t wait for people to start playing Man of Medan and the subsequent games in The Dark Pictures Anthology.

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  • So interested! Until Dawn was my goty the year it came out (2015 or 2016, I believe).

    When will we know about the size of the anthology? How long are each story compared to Until Dawn?

    And – is this the Project Mephisto game; and who is publishing?

  • Will there be an option to play the Anthology games in VR, a la Inpatient?! ?

  • Sony, maybe dont send this out to die like you did with the amazing Until Dawn which is STILL your best exclusive title! I’m very interested.

  • Really looking fwrd to this is this another PlayStation exclusive like Until Dawn was or is it multiplatform this time..

  • I enjoyed UD a lot despite its cliched cast (I understand you have to market for masses and not only hardcore horror fans who are sick of the cabin in the woods trope). Can’t wait for this, the setting also looks very interesting. I don’t think there’s any cinematic game that takes place on/in the sea. I have a question, though. How is it with length? Should we expect a Telltale-like anthology of 3-5 hour long episodes or full length games like Until Dawn? Because if you want to make 39 (lol that’s a lot) different stories/scenarios it’s gonna take quite a while.

  • Best Gamescom announcement so far! Loved Until Dawn!

  • Day One for me ! I loved Until Dawn !!

  • I am so excited for this!

  • I’m surprised that The Inpatient gets a mention. It was definitely not a “powerful cinematic story”. It was a real let down, especially following on from the excellent Until Dawn and Rush of Blood.

    • Is Rush of Blood playable without VR?

    • Nope and it’s really not good at all. Looks great but the gameplay is kind of bad. They should add a coaster mode that just lets you watch.

    • What didn’t you like about the game play? Personally I really liked it. For me it really hit the spot as a PSVR launch title. Two years on I can see it might be considered a bit shallow when compared with the likes of Skyrim VR but considering it was only designed to be an on-rails VR ghost train shooter I thought it had great immersion and some very effective “horror-movie-esque” sequences and jump scares.

  • Loved this devs Until Dawn. Omg 2018 & 2019 have soooo many amazing games I have an insane growing list to buy. B4 I add this to my I do not have to have a VR to play it do I? Hope not! Man want to play this! I know some VR games you can play with a controller without VR, but not many wish their was a list of VR games I can try without VR that are any good. Tyvm 4 any replies.

  • A little skeptical about the 16+ rating. I do not want a true horror experience to be ruined by censorship. Until Dawn 1 feautured jumpscares, brutal deaths, gore, this is why it was so beloved by the fans of the horror gerne. Please Supermassive Games we DO NOT want a light zombie shooter where some teens are slaying zombies and other goofy stuff.

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