Supermassive Games, the studio behind 2015’s brilliant horror-adventure, Until Dawn, is gearing up to launch the first game of their new horror anthology, The Dark Pictures. Titled, Man of Medan, the aquatic horror pits a group of friends aboard a haunted vessel at sea. Like Until Dawn, which characters live and die remains up to player decisions, often subtle ones, and some nimble button input. This time, however, Supermassive has taken the concept one brilliant step forward: co-op.

Until Dawn already succeeded as an accidental party game where many players unraveled the twisted story with friends and family. Knowing this, Man of Medan will have co-op built right into it. Online, two players can assign characters as whom to play, while locally up to five people can pass the controller and each be responsible for the health and wellbeing of a character.

Suffice it to say, we are extremely excited to play this way. Will players tend to their own characters’ wellbeing more than others? Will they be responsible for the deaths of their character or that of a friend? The dynamics are super interesting and we can’t wait to see more when the game launches on August 30th for Steam, Xbox One, and PS4.

Even more exciting, Man of Medan was once billed as the first of three games in The Dark Pictures trilogy. But now, according to IGN Supermassive has said they have many more ideas and intends on making at least eight unless someone tells them to stop sooner, with a release schedule of two per year.

At Game Together, we want to play games with all family members. It’s not just about playing with the young ones. Curling up with your partner or the older children in your house is often just as great, and Man of Medan’s inventive idea could revolutionize the horror genre and make for a great co-op game night in the process.

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