Alone in the Dark: Illumination

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Alone in the Dark: Illumination
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Developer(s) Pure FPS
Publisher(s) Atari
Series Alone in the Dark
Engine Unreal Engine 4
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) November 2014[1]
Genre(s) Survival horror
Mode(s) Multi-player

Alone in the Dark: Illumination is the sixth installment of the survival horror video game series under the same name created by Atari. The game, developed by Pure FPS, was announced on August 20, 2014.[2] for PC. It is the first installment to be played online and in a co-operative setting.

Story[edit]

Alone in the Dark: Illumination brings players to the abandoned town of Lorwich, Virginia. Located near Virginia’s southern border, Lorwich was a flourishing industrial town with a bustling business generated by the local mines. These prosperous days came to an end when a flood devastated the mining facility, leaving behind nothing but destruction in its wake. The disaster forced an immediate evacuation, leaving the town desolate. It has been years since the accident, and the town has long been forgotten.

But the cause of the accident is still a mystery, and years later, nobody dares step foot in the town for fear of what lies there. There have been numerous reports of strange creatures and a dark, brooding fog within the town. Some locals who believe in the supernatural say that there lurks an ever-present force known as The Darkness. The Darkness can reveal itself in many ways, such as fog, apparitions, and creatures. It has cast its spell over Lorwich, enveloping everything in its path. It is up to you to help defend the town by fighting back the Forces of Darkness.

Gameplay[edit]

The game is going to be an up-to-four player cooperative experience with four distinct player characters working together to solve a mystery in an action-horror setting. Some characters wield firearms where as others use magical abilities.[3] Players will make their way through levels with randomly generated elements such as enemy locations, locked door or even room layouts to make their way to a safety vault at the end of the level. Throughout it the players will have to fight off various types of enemies by means of firepower and creating light-sources to defeat them.[1]

Characters[edit]

On August 31, 2014, the four lead characters were revealed.[3]

The Hunter[edit]

The Hunter is a direct descendant of Edward Carnby, the male protagonist of the original game and three of the sequels. His primary weapons are large firearms such as an AK-47, M4, P90 or a Flamethrower.

The Witch[edit]

The Witch is the great granddaughter of Emily Hartwood, the female protagonist of the original game. Her primary weapons are rooted in magic abilities including the ability to possess enemies.

The Priest[edit]

The Priest is a new character with no connection to prior characters in the series. He uses magical abilities much like The Witch but no details on how these functions have been revealed at the moment.

The Engineer[edit]

The Engineer is another new character with no connection to previous games. She uses firearms as well as mechanical devices she has created.

Development[edit]

The game has been in development by Pure FPS under the name Alone in the Dark for an indeterminate time, originally prepared for announcement in May 2014, the announcement was delayed until PAX East of the same year. The official YouTube channel suggests that the original name for the game would be Alone in the Dark: Online before settling on the final title. The game entered a closed alpha test in mid-August 2014 and will enter beta later in fall. Beta access will be available for a limited time to players who pre-order the title from select retailers.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Joystiq's Preview of Alone in the Dark: Illumination at PAX East 2014". September 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Alone in the Dark: Illumination's Official Website". August 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  3. ^ a b c "Alone in the Dark: Illumination's Official Website". August 31, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 

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