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THQ Nordic has announced that Alone In The Dark earlier scheduled for release in January has now been pushed back to March 20, 2024. This is the second time that the game has been pushed back this year. Alone in the Dark was earlier scheduled for release in October 2023 before being delayed until January because of a crowded calendar.

The reason given by the publisher this time was that pushing ahead with the planned January release timeline will rob Alone in the Dark developer Pieces Interactive of the joy of Christmas as the team would be too stressed to have “anything but a jolly time”.

“The year is coming to an end, and Christmas Holidays are upon us,” THQ Nordic wrote. “However, until today, it didn’t seem that way for Pieces Interactive, the team developing our upcoming survival-horror game, Alone in the Dark. With our initially planned release date in January 2024, the Christmas season would have been filled with stress and anything but a jolly time for them.”

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The joint decision was made by THQ and Pieces Interactive. THQ acknowledged that the message may disappoint a lot of fans who have been waiting eagerly for the game. However, the publisher said the patience of Alone in the Dark fans “will be rewarded” with a game that will “scare the living daylight out of you”.

“The well-being of the teams is a top priority, and both companies want to avoid any potential crunch over the Christmas holidays,” THQ said. “Furthermore, THQ Nordic and Pieces Interactive want to ensure that the game not only meets but exceeds the expectations of the community, especially with the outstanding performances of Hollywood stars David and Jodie as the main protagonists.”

Alone in the Dark is being developed in Sweden by Pieces Interactive and will be released on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. A playable prologue called Grace in the Dark is currently available for free download. Grace in the Dark is set a few weeks before the main game.

Alone in the Dark is a love letter to the 1992 release

THQ described Alone in the Dark reboot as “a love letter to the ground-breaking original”. The first game was released in 1992. The survival horror was developed by Infogrames for PC. It later received a 3DO port by Krisalis in 1994 and iOS by Atari in 2014.

The game was set in early 20th century Louisiana and follows the journey of two playable characters Edward Carnby and Emily Hartwood who are on a quest to uncover the mystery surrounding the suicide of Jeremy Hartwood in Derceto Manor, a rumored haunted mansion inside the swamps.

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The 1992 release is one of the first survival horror games to make use of 3D models superimposed on pre-rendered backgrounds. Eventually, it became a crucial inspiration for upcoming horror games in that era including the Resident Evil franchise. Guinness World Records awarded the game the “First 3D survival -horror videogame”.

In the upcoming Alone in the Dark reboot, the role of Edward Carnby will be played by David Harbour (Stranger Things, Hellboy) while Emily Hartwood will be played by Jodie Comer (Free Guy, Killing Eve). THQ Nordic called it a reimagination of the classic survival horror game, “where Psychological Horror meets Southern Gothic”.

Alone in the Dark will challenge you to “explore your surroundings, battle monsters, solve puzzles, and uncover the unsettling truth of Derceto Manor”. The story of the game was created by Mikael Hedberg, the monsters were designed by Guy Davis, and the jazz melodies were created by Jason Köhnen.

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Anthony Emecheta

Anthony Emecheta has over a decade experience as a freelance writer. Gaming has always been a childhood hobby and he is excited to be collaborating with a gaming company as a content creator. It is like having all the things he loves in one place.