The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope is an interactive film / drama and survival horror computer game created by the British studio Supermassive Games and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. The release took place on October 30, 2020 . Inspired in part by the Salem witches , the game tells the story of four college students and their professor, whose bus crashed in New England near the ghost town of Little Hope, famous for its 1692 witch trials. as well as the events in Salem. While trying to find help and the missing driver of their bus, the group witnesses the execution of people from the past who look exactly like them.
This is the second of eight games in The Dark Pictures Anthology series , its predecessor was Man of Medan, released on August 30, 2019 . All games in this anthology belong to the genre of horror games, but they are unique in their plot and do not overlap with stories. The next game in the series, House of Ashes, starring actress Ashley Tisdale, was released on October 22, 2021.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope is a third-person survival horror computer game in which the player has to control five characters trapped in the ghost town of Little Hope. As the game progresses, you have to Ashes, starring actress dialogue options that will affect the plot and the relationship between the characters. The game can be replayed, since there are alternative endings and numerous scenario branches based on the actions of the player . The action element in the game is represented by quick time events, most of which, if the player fails to react, can lead to negative consequences for each character.
Like Man of Medan, the game has two multiplayer modes. “Shared Story” allows two players to play together online, and “Movie Night” allows five players to choose their own character and play as it when the game turns.
Little Hope is an unfinished story from the collection of a Curator (Pip Torrance) who asks the player to help complete it. The main characters are students Andrew (Will Poulter), Angela (Ellen David), Taylor (Kaitlyn Sponheimer), Daniel (Kyle Bailey), and their professor John (Alex Ivanovich), who, after their bus crash, find themselves in the abandoned New England town of Little Hope. famous for the witch hunt . After the disappearance of their bus driver, the group is forced to explore the village, where they find the only resident of the city – an old man named Vince. Also, the heroes periodically move in time, in the 17th century, where they meet settlers similar to them from the Puritan community. The group tries to find explanations for their connection with guests from the past, to find out the history of the city and the root cause of the evil that struck it.
At the end of the game, it is revealed that Andrew’s real identity is the bus driver Anthony Clark, the sole survivor of the 1972 fire that killed his family. Throughout the action of the game, he traveled alone through an abandoned city, while the passengers on his bus were just hallucinations based on the images of his family members. The ending of the game depends on how the player will relate to Vince throughout the game, whether Andrew still has a weapon, and whether the remaining participants will be able to overcome their fears and acquire those qualities that the Clark family lacked so much.
Little Hope is the second installment of the Dark Pictures Anthology video game series. Unlike Man of Medan, which described relatively modern events, Little Hope’s plot contains multiple timelines. The share of supernatural phenomena was also increased, the developers chose witchcraft and its root causes as the main theme of the game. Director Pete Samuels noted that his colleagues were intrigued by “greed, paranoia and fear of God,” which motivated the people of the day to do the worst. The developers were inspired by the game series Silent Hill and The Crucible, as well as the films The Witch, The Blair Witch: Coursework from the Other World, The Time of the Witches, Hellraiser, It and The Omen.
Like the series’ parent, the game was designed to be replayable. The developers have updated the gameplay, taking into account the wishes of those who played Man of Medan: game characters can move faster, the difficulty of quick-time events has also been reduced by increasing the player’s reaction time, and tank controls have been removed.
The Dark Pictures Anthology was viewed by Supermassive Games as a series of unrelated games that focused on a variety of horror themes and genres. The developers planned to release each new part in six months, although in the end this plan never materialized.