Alone in the Dark goes episodic

Atari announces a new structure for the next generation of its action survival game.

Alone in the Dark, the survival game first released in 1992, is getting a new, episode-based structure for its 2007 release. Developer Eden Games is splitting the game into distinct episodes within a season-style format, which David Nadal, game director at Eden Games, hopes will keep players "permanently hooked into the engrossing story surrounding the mysteries of Central Park and beyond."

Each episode will contain approximately 30-40 minutes of gameplay and close on a cliff-hanger--a format that has been drawn from the success of TV dramas. Launching a saved game will trigger a video summary of the previous episode.

For more information about Alone in the Dark, see our exclusive first look.

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53 comments
chrisdojo
chrisdojo

heh.... i had alone in the dark 1 back in the day. it was ok. anyways...... episodes can be a good thing if they are long enough for the $20 they cost.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

I hate these types of games, I've been a big fan of HL2, but ever since they started doing the whole "episodic" thing with the game, it just doesn't feel right to me. I miss the 8 - 10 hours of gameplay.

orangebrat
orangebrat

Can people not read anymore? They are not going to sell 30-40 minutes episodes individually. The game is going to be a regular 10-20 hour game(whatever) with gameplay segments(i.e. episodes) that are designed to be played in 30-40 minute sections. You aren't going to be purchasing separate modules ala Bone and Sam & Max.

trancejeremy
trancejeremy

Given that some games are now being released in "episodes", a press relase saying that AITD will be comprised of episodes is bound to confuse people.

The_SandRock
The_SandRock

This actually sounds cool. Like a T.V. show, you'll be anticipating the next episode for the entire week, and rush home to play.

denawayne
denawayne

Everybody who thinks this game is a bunch downloads should go to page 3 of this forum and read my post at the top of the page. Now if you think you have to download page 3, just send me $2.00 via paypal and stick your ethernet cable up your rear.

dru26
dru26

The game is a regular length game broke down into episodic chapters , you freaking dumasses, holy cow.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

As long as the downloads arent too big and the episodes are cheap I would buy. The graphics look sick on this game so far...

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

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SteelAttack
SteelAttack

I don't quite get why people seemed to understand that the game was going to be 40 minutes. The note is clear isn't it?

jvonrader
jvonrader

If they charge full price for the game, the episodes may very well be free provided you have the disc to boot them with. Someone was bound to experiement with this format eventually.

tremo01
tremo01

Why? Selling a single game is much simpler

Khimarhi
Khimarhi

sounds pretty stupid to me

Intrakitt
Intrakitt

If it's a full retail game then how is this news at all?

neoand12
neoand12

$60 for each episode, if so no way!!!!!!!!

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

Well that's just crappy. I was looking forward to this one too, but when I buy a game I want the whole thing right then and there, so I will wait, and hope that they sell it as a full version later.

NickW1
NickW1

theres no point trying to explain this to anyone as no one is listening

DrKill09
DrKill09

This game keeps lookin better and better

Corvin
Corvin

Kinda cool, kinda a way to keep the price up... EDIT OK I read it, I get it, but don't blame people when the word "episodic" has lately meant that the game is released in peices. I've never heard that it was "news" to break your game up into chapters. Phantasmagoria, anyone?

Manatassi
Manatassi

damn i misspelled that now i look stupid.

ApisBee
ApisBee

Cool. They can insert commercials just like TV and make it FREE!

Manatassi
Manatassi

GO READ THE PREWIEW! stupid people

Manatassi
Manatassi

errr people seem confused here.... they are releasing the whol;e game as one game but each level will be set out like an episode from a tv series... you buy the whole game at once not in peices

rbarahona
rbarahona

Sounds great; however I'm concerned at what cost gamers will be able to pay for that content. I think that the idea to provide content in "episodes" is really cool; it's like reading a book.

MovieMan200x
MovieMan200x

That sounds like fun. I'm an avid fan of 24 and Prison Break, 2 shows that thrive on the cliffhanger. Count me in!

linmukai
linmukai

In today's exciting episode, I will now.... oops... it's still the same day... Did I mention I was already a retard?

linmukai
linmukai

Stay tuned for tomorrow's episode where I make the first part of a comment that I intent to stretch out for many episodes, all well worth your time of course and which thankfully will cost you zero. And for what it's worth. I was already a tard before I got here. Dammit... I meant to release that comment tomorrow... sorry if this lengthy first episode was too much for you casual comment readers...

TraiklinX3
TraiklinX3

If it is a full game just done as a TV Show then it sounds really cool. If it's done as a download then this is really stupid if they charge mroe then $1.99 for each "Episode", or just let us download it for free so we can "Watch" it and just place ads in the game like real TV dramas. Cause remember, you can goto iTunes and download an episode that just aired for $1.99 so if this is the same length as a TV show then it should be the same price of a TV show.

denawayne
denawayne

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twoism
twoism

Lol at least someone else realizes it the way I do.. whoever wrote the news should have been more clear I guess since no one ever reads the other posts before they comment... oh well.

strahd01
strahd01

thats is alot of episodes but good idea because they can keep pushing new episodes out as long as they want, kinda a double edge sword I agree for 30 mins it better not be more than 5 dollars (which in terms makes it 5 hours of play for 50 bucks) so it kinda a smart move.. if it works..

FIJIDAWG
FIJIDAWG

it's going to be a full game people!!!!! the style is in episodic form to make you play in short bursts. this way you don't have to invest 2-3 hours at a time playing, busy people can play for 30-40 min at a time and not get lost. it's a great idea actually and can make the game more exciting instead of dragging on.

twoism
twoism

Am I the only one under the impression that it'll be a full retail game, except in the style of a tv show's box set?

RESIDENTEVILTWO
RESIDENTEVILTWO

I'm tired of catering to the lazy, casual gamer. Give me a game that lasts 20 hours! If you just want to play a little at a time...there's a thing which we call...SAVE THE GAME!

snakes2solid
snakes2solid

this better cost like 2.oo each..cause that's a pretty penny after 30 , 40 or more episodes....

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Actually, episodic content is a good idea, if it's cheap of course.

paradyme777
paradyme777

Wow, 30-40 minutes....that is not long at all. It better be really cheap...somewhere around $5-$10. No more then that though. The game looks cool and all but they should probably think about tacking on maybe 2-3 hour gameplay per game, then release it in episodes. I don't care if it takes them longer but I don't know if I can be pulled into a game with only 30 minutes of gameplay.

KontaktII
KontaktII

I agree with Patinator...if it's cheap enough and HD space effective it should be a breath of fresh air.

CrazedColombian
CrazedColombian

haha for 20 bucks thats so not worth it not to mention how long itll take to dl onto my 360. this is a dumb idea... if i wanted 40 min eps i watch tv

ThePatinator
ThePatinator

Provided it's cheap enough, it'll both be worth it and allow people to try it out without having to get the full thing. My question is how will it be distributed, as it'd cost at least 20 bucks if published on a disk and it'd be a lot of space from the hard drive if it's all of Xbox live.

cookien64
cookien64

yea but when you buy somthing its nice to know you have a hole game rather then what is a glorifyed demo

xxPantherxx
xxPantherxx

cool idea... just how much will each episode cost... and will it be directed by Uwe Boll?

trifecta_basic
trifecta_basic

wow, the percentage ratio of people who play versus finish the whole thing is going to be under 5%.

herbal23
herbal23

sound great! i love cliffhanging tv series.

twoism
twoism

SuperSaiyan, they meant that each level will play out like an episode of a TV show. Lots of action, fast pacing, good story. They want to avoid having levels that take 2 hours to complete, to cater for casual gamers and make the game more exciting at the same time.