Publisher PQube today released 2Dark, the latest game by Frédérick Raynal, creator of the original horror classic Alone in the Dark. The game is available for the PlayStation 4, XBox One, and PC.
The game is set in Gloomywood, a once-picturesque place that now resembles Gotham City far more than it does middle-class suburbia. The town has suffered a wave of child abductions that have left its citizens a fearful and demoralized populace. Players are cast in the role of the vengeance-driven Mr. Smith, a former detective who witnesses the murder of his wife and the abduction of his own children.
The gameplay is based around exploration and survival horror. The player is required to navigate complex levels that are filled with hostile enemies sensitive to light and sound. Mr. Smith must be careful to both avoid the criminals and manage his supplies, as flashlight batteries and bullets are in limited supply. Exploration yields new areas as well as uncovering the locations of the abducted children, who must be taken to safety. An additional twist is that the children act like children, and will fidget and cry if the player is still for too long, potentially calling the attention of the enemies the player is attempting to avoid. Saving is accomplished by smoking, which might result in a loud coughing fit, again endangering the player.
The game has both a physical and digital edition. The physical edition, made for PlayStation 4 and PC, includes the game disk, the original soundtrack, as recorded by a symphony orchestra, remastered on a 21-track CD, a Steelbook color-themed to the game, and an exclusive 2Dark artbook, The Art of 2Dark, which contains more than one hundred illustrations and uncut behind-the-scenes details.
2Dark retails for $24.99 on Steam and has a 10% discount for launch. The game has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB.