Man of Medan Hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC This August
New details have emerged regarding Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn spiritual successor, Man of Medan, which now has a confirmed release date of August 30th.
As it was revealed last year, Man of Medan is the first installment in the developers’ The Dark Pictures Anthology, a series of cinematic, standalone horror games influenced by real-world events and legends. Each game will be different from one another, featuring its own story, setting, and characters. Just like 2015’s Until Dawn, expect lots of decision making, branching paths, deaths, and scares.
In a new PlayStation blog post, Supermassive CEO and Executive Producer on the game, Pete Samuels, has revealed some more info on Man of Medan.
“Man of Medan takes place the South Pacific and sees five friends set sail on a holiday diving trip,” explains Samuels. “With a rumoured WWII wreck to find and plenty of on-deck partying to be had, our group get ready for what should be the trip of a lifetime. As the day unfolds, and a storm rolls in, their trip soon changes into something much more sinister. People should expect the kind of tension and fear that many associate with Until Dawn, and with more significant branching that we’ve ever done before. All the characters can live or die!”
Samuels also goes on to explain how Man of Medan is bigger than anything the team has done.
“There are scenes that only exist on specific narrative paths; different combinations of survivors possible before the final scenes; more significant and in some ways more surprising consequences of ‘mismanaging’ relationships; and endings that vary significantly depending on the paths you take,” explains Samuels. “Man of Medan has the most branching and possible outcomes of any of our games to date. There are many ways to attempt to quantify this, but here’s just one.”
“In Until Dawn there were 38 death scenes for the characters and you could see up to 10 on a single playthrough. In Man of Medan, there are 69, and the most you are likely to see on a single playthrough would be nine. That means you’d need to play the game a minimum of nine times just to see all of the death scenes, let alone all of the other possible story events.”
Until Dawn leaned on having a talented cast, and Man of Medan seems to be continuing that trend including talent from Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, The Following) who plays Conrad and Ayisha Issa (Shadowhunters, Warm Bodies, Immortals) voicing Fliss.
Samuels says that the team has committed themselves to release two games in a 12-month period. “The first three are well underway and the fourth and fifth are fairly well advanced from a narrative perspective. We even have our ideas in place for the sixth, seventh and eighth! Across all of these, and others to come, we hope, we’d expect to cover many more of the 39 subgenres of horror we’ve identified! We couldn’t be more excited.”
Man of Medan launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on August 30th. Are you going to pick it up? Leave a comment below.