Pete Samuels of Supermassive Games discusses the possibility of a sequel to the surprise horror hit Until Dawn, as well as teases other potential future projects.
One of 2015’s sleeper hits has been the narrative-driven horror game Until Dawn. The game managed to crack the top selling games of August 2015, and has earned a fair amount of critical acclaim as well, which has come as somewhat of a surprise to Sony.
Thanks the game’s popularity and its stronger than expected sales, a sequel to Until Dawn is now being entertained by developer Supermassive Games, as revealed by executive producer Pete Samuels.
“We do talk internally about what Until Dawn 2 could be, as it clearly can’t be a sequel in the traditional sense, with the same characters facing the same threat, not least of which because in different stories some or all of them are already dead! We’ve investigated other ways we could do Until Dawn 2 but it probably is a little early to be discussing that.”
Regardless of whether or not Supermassive moves ahead with Until Dawn 2, the developer has said that it will build off that foundation for its next game, whatever it may be. Specifically, they’ve hinted that they’re working on a game in the style of Until Dawn, but in a different genre than horror.
Until Dawn‘s success is a good sign for the horror gaming genre. When the game first debuted as a PlayStation Move game years back, many had little faith that it would actually deliver a compelling experience. And despite a unique live action interactive trailer, the marketing for the game has been fairly weak, something Sony has openly admitted. Clearly it did not have a lot of faith in Until Dawn to be as popular as it is, and while it’s not breaking sales records, it is still enjoying more success than is usually expected of a new game IP.
It’s good to know that ideas for Until Dawn 2 are already being discussed at Supermassive Games, but considering the nature of the first title, it would be strange for them to revisit the characters from the original. Perhaps the Until Dawn franchise could be an anthology series, with each entry following new characters and new styles of horror, so that way the focus on player choice altering the course of the narrative isn’t compromised.
It would also be interesting to see the developers take the style of gameplay found in Until Dawn and apply it to other genres. After all, Until Dawn is arguably more movie than it is game, so potentially genres that are usually avoided by the gaming industry could be tackled in future titles from Supermassive Games.
No matter what the next project from Supermassive Games turns out to be, Until Dawn proves that they are more than capable storytellers that can deliver a compelling interactive narrative. It’s great that Until Dawn is doing so well, and hopefully the next project from Supermassive can reach or surpass the bar set by the studio’s freshman horror effort.
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Until Dawn is currently available as a PlayStation 4 exclusive title.