Little Hope is the second entry in the Dark Pictures Anthology, following on from last year’s Man of Medan.
This isn’t a sequel though: Dark Pictures games will be narratively distinct, so Little Hope gets to explore a whole new story, setting, and group of characters as it delves deep into interactive horror.
It’s not all change though, as like Man of Medan, Little Hope will feature a sprawling branching narrative, a famous face or two, and multiplayer options so that you don’t have to face the fear alone.
When is Little Hope coming out?
Publisher Bandai Namco hasn’t set a specific release date yet, but did say that the sequel will release in ‘fall 2020’ – a slight delay from its previous plans to launch the game over the summer.
What platforms will it be on?
Man of Medan was available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, so unsurprisingly Little Hope will hit the same three. There’s no word yet on availability on the Switch or next-gen consoles, but ports to both seem like they’d be possible eventually.
Watch the trailer
There’s one proper trailer for the game, and it is a bit of a doozy. It features the Curator laying out the rough setup – witches! – while giving us a look at a few of the five survivors this time around:
There’s also a dev diary from Supermassive CEO Pete Samuels, which shows off more gameplay and delves a bit deeper into what to expect from the story of Little Hope:
What is Little Hope about?
So far we don’t know too much about what to expect story-wise. It’s clearly starring Will Poulter, which is pretty exciting in and of itself, and it looks like we can look forward to a mix of mist, monsters, and some American settler-era flashbacks.
The dev diary above gives us a little more insight, revealing that the story will mostly follow a group of stranded college students in present-day Little Hope, but will also delve into their connection to the 1692 Witch Trials in Andover, as well as a ’70s family in the same region. Intriguing.
As a reminder, it’s the second part of the Dark Pictures Anthology. As the name implies, it’s an anthology series, so the story won’t have any direct connection to Man of Medan at all – though we wouldn’t be too surprised to see an indirect nod or two.
Here’s the official blurb on the plot:
Trapped and isolated in the abandoned town of LITTLE HOPE, four college students and their professor must escape the nightmarish visions that relentlessly pursue them through an impenetrable fog. As they journey through the town looking for a means of escape, they must understand the meaning of these events, the root of the evil, and how it is directly connected to them!
What will the gameplay be like?
If you’ve played Man of Medan, then you should know what to expect – it doesn’t sound like Little Hope will be diverging too much, though we can apparently expect a little more polish.
If you haven’t, then here’s the deal. Little Hope will be an interactive horror story where you jump between controlling the main five characters, taking on different roles in each section. There’s a mix of direct character control and quick-time events, with a branching narrative that evolves and changes based on the choices and actions that you make.
Like Man of Medan it will also include two multiplayer modes: ‘Shared Story’ to let you play simultaneously together with a friend online; and ‘Movie Night’ where you play offline with up to five people and pass the controller around between you, taking turns to play.
Changes from Man of Medan mostly look like quality of life tweaks so far: a player-controlled camera, more variable walking speeds, and clearer interaction and quick-time prompts so that you’ll have a better idea of what you’re doing, and why.