Why There Is No Until Dawn 2

Supermassive explains why it's making a new anthology series instead.

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2015's PlayStation 4 game Until Dawn was generally well-liked by critics and it sold better than developer Supermassive anticipated. The studio said it had ideas about Until Dawn 2, but it never happened. Instead, Supermassive developed a spinoff, Rush of Blood, and a prequel called The Inpatient. But will Supermassive ever make Until Dawn 2? It seems unlikely.

Supermassive CEO and executive producer Pete Samuels told Game Informer said the team wants to tell new stories, and it's doing just that with its new game Man of Medan, which is part of the multi-title Dark Pictures anthology. "After Until Dawn, [many] started to request a sequel, and it still happens today, so we know there is a fanbase that likes this kind of thing," he said.

"A lot of [creating the anthology] is about our desire to serve that fanbase from our perspective and to serve us ourselves in what we love to do, which is do more stories and characters, and do it more frequently than one or two every few years," he added.

Game director Tom Heaton said working on an anthology series is more exciting because it gives the studio more freedom and opportunity to take on a new subject with new characters each time. "You're not tied to historical characters that you have to use," he said.

Until Dawn features eight playable characters, all of whom you control, and you must make choices that determine whether they live or die. There can be many different endings. This presents a problem for Until Dawn if it were to have the same characters, of course. "If we were making sequels, we don't know who survived," producer Dan McDonald said. "I mean we could probably work it out from your game save, but we don't want to make a sequel to that. We want to make a different story with different people."

Man of Medan follows a group of four young Americans and the ship captain in the South Pacific on a diving trip in search of a World War II-era wreck. This do not go to plan, and the four face "unimaginable stress and terror" as they try to escape the ship. As with Until Dawn, players will make choices that determine the fates of the main characters.

Also similar to Until Dawn, Supermassive is bringing on big-name actors to play the characters in Man of Medan including X-Men actor Shawn Ashmore and Pip Torrens from The Force Awakens. Man of Medan launches this summer on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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I really wish The Inpatient was a fully developed prequel and not a PSVR experience. I like it, but it had so much potential wasted.

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Its very easy to make a sequel to Untill Dawn. Just make my playtrough the official one, as i systematicly killed every single character the game would throw at me.

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They could easily just make one of the endings as the true ending and then continue. It's not that hard.

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Glad Man of Medan is multiplat.

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This is on my to play list still. Bought it ages ago but still in my pile of shame

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Sad to hear there will be no Until Dawn 2, the game was excellent. The Inpatient, not so much.

Looking forward to giving this new game a shot.

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Hey, good for them. We talk about companies doing what we want all the time, think they should do what we want all the time, and often we wind up with warmed over sequels (which we then complain about).

History shows that games the developers care about, really WANT to make, are often much, much better than games that are made as fan service. Me, I'd rather play a good game I didn't know I wanted than a mediocre game I asked for. And I'm pretty sure I'm not alone.

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Here is hoping they at least bring some of the cast from Dawn onto the new one.

Like RamiMalek, that guy is amazing.

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8 playable characters, not 8 players.

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If people bought Until Dawn for the same reason I did, then they were likely fooled by the hype and left disappointed. I mean, the game was cool and all, but it really boiled down to being just an interactive movie with a lot of elements that didn't do anything. Did those personality bars even matter?

I don't see future titles being much more successful than Until Dawn unless they actually deliver on their promises.

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@Barighm: I think you are in the minority on that one. The game was great.

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@chubby170: I doubt it. I know a lot of people who felt like the game was over hyped and the much vaunted "butterfly effect" was bull (it really is; check the guides. Practically all of the game's major checks are independent). We all enjoyed the game, but we didn't think it was worth a day 1 purchase. It's more of a weekend rental.

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@Barighm: Oh, I wouldnt buy it day one either. But I do think its a great game. I wouldnt pay more than like $20 for it.

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