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Gamescom 2018: Nothing is Scarier Than Choice in Man of Medan

I have resigned myself to the idea that we may never receive an Until Dawn 2, even though, like a fat guy trying his 30th diet, I keep hoping. Today, I may have found a reason to keep hoping in Man of Medan. It’s part of a big, new project from Supermassive Games that seems to be exactly what I have been wanting.

They are designing a series of games under The Dark Pictures Anthology umbrella. Each game will have a separate story and characters. The idea is to give the player a lot of choices and slice into those horror tropes, like Until Dawn. They already have 39 different horror sub-genres in mind, so this could be fertile ground for the company.

Man of Medan is the first game in The Dark Pictures Anthology. You have a bunch of young people on a boat having a great time. They dive down to a wrecked boat from WWII, and the former sailors aren’t hospitable to visitors. The ghost ship idea is a solid place to start.

The game will have plenty of choices that branch to different endings. Supermassive have said that Man of Medan has “more branching” than any of its previous games, and it has been designed for replayability. Your choices are important, because they determine if members of your version of the SS Minnow live or die. In fact, everyone can live, and everyone can die as a valid ending. I will be keeping an eye out for the “Final Girl” trophy, if I can kill everyone but her. (Supermassive, if it’s not already there, you are missing an opportunity here.)

We are going to have to wait until 2019 to play Man of Medan, but The Dark Pictures Anthology might be exactly what fans of Until Dawn want. Until then, I will be hoping.

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