The latest entry in Supermassive Games and Bandai Namco’s series of horror games, The Dark Pictures Anthology, released just in time to provide fans with quite the scare on Halloween. The game, entitled Little Hope, debuted for Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC on October 30, just over a year following the first Dark Pictures game, Man of Medan. Little Hope shared survival horror gameplay elements with its predecessor, but swapped Man of Medan’s nautical setting for a creepy New England town famous for its witch hunts and grisly executions.
Players who kept watching past Little Hope’s credits were in for yet another spooky Halloween surprise: a first look at the next Dark Pictures game, entitled House of Ashes.
When the Dark Pictures Anthology was first announced, Supermassive indicated that the series would contain eight installments, each featuring a distinct setting and cast of characters. Based on the short trailer included with Little Hope, House of Ashes seems to star a group of soldiers exploring caves hidden deep beneath a Middle Eastern desert.
While this first look doesn’t offer many clues, it is hinted to focus on Sumerian mythology, specifically the demon Pazuzu, who became a horror icon due to his appearance as a primary antagonist in the Exorcist film series. The primary character appearing in the trailer, a female soldier, is currently theorized by fans to be played by actress and former Disney Channel star Ashley Tisdale.
Currently, no release date has been announced for House of Ashes, though fans should probably not expect to see it for at least a year. In the meanwhile, both Man of Medan and Little Hope are available via PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. Both game feature multiplayer options allowing up to five players to work together to survive a terrifying scenario.