Movies aren’t the only things that are being rebooted. Yesterday publisher Atari announced its reboots for 1982’s Haunted House by developer Dreampainters and 1992’s Alone in the Dark (with the title Alone in the Dark: Illumination) being developed by Pure with both games launching on the PC later this year with no word yet on console releases.
While Haunted House was a more simple game as players navigated a pair of eyes through the mansion of the late Zachary Graves to recover three pieces of an urn, Alone in the Dark was one of the earlier examples of survival horror, pitting characters against monsters as they explored a gothic mansion, uncovering clues. There was a more recent reboot of Alone in the Dark in 2008, which was more like the action/survival horror games we are use to, but it was met with pretty negative reviews, making this the second attempt to reboot the game. So, if at first you don’t succeed, try again.
Dreampainters previous attempt at survival horror wasn’t so much survival, since nothing could actually hurt you and the puzzles were mostly frustrating trial and error situations and critics called the game nothing more than mediocre.
Both games are said to debut at PAX this coming August 29th, so maybe some playable demos will be available and will hopefully be well received.
Either Way, at least it’s not a video game adaptation of the Wayans’ brothers flick A Haunted House.