I often wonder how Atari stays alive. It’s been over 40 years and they still exist albeit it ain’t our daddy’s Atari. I’m glad they’re still around and making games. I see that logo with the three lines and I get all warm and fuzzy – those summer afternoons with Combat! were some of the best.
Staying alive is the objective of their new game, Alone in the Dark: Illumination (developed by Pure FPS). If you were playing DOS games in the early ‘90s, and not Nintendo, then you may have played its predecessors. (I was playing DOS but I still missed out.) They even had a title out on the all-popular Dreamcast.
The new pre-order trailer is dark and there are some stuff popping out from the dark. You might jump and pee a bit. The characters and weapons in the trailer look cool, but they don’t move very cool. Stiff from the waist up, actually. Some of the monster animation could use some work as well. If you freeze at 1:02, the two undead creatures look exactly alike, and in the same pose. And when you shoot them, they break apart into symmetrical pieces. Doesn’t look organic at all. This is the twenty-first century, boys, not 1992.
Alone in the Dark: Illumination is a third-person shooter, online co-op game for up to 4 players. It has a procedurally-generated environment: monster-locations, locked doors, layouts, etc, are randomly generated, which will either lead to pleasant surprises or complete boredom. Players work together to kill, get to safety and find light to complete objectives. In addition to guns, some characters can use magic, which could be cool depending on the magic. Chain-lightning? No, thanks. Brain-imploder? Yep, for sure.
Not sure if I’ll play this game, but I hope other people do, because I really do want Atari to survive the night.
You can pre-order on Steam.