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Alone in the Dark needs to take “major step,” says Villette

Monday, 18th August 2008 09:54 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Antoine Villette, founder of I Am Alive developer Darkworks, has told VG247 he believes Alone in the Dark can still be great, but only if Atari is prepared to make radical changes to its format.

“When we took Alone in the Dark in 2001 it was to renew the franchise with names, characters, we tried to put it in a modern base and modernise it a little bit,” said Villette, talking of the Darkworks-developed Alone in the Dark: A New Nightmare.

“Now I think that with this franchise, if Atari wants to do something [further], it has to be a major step towards other things: perhaps other platforms, other game systems, other gameplay.

“Alone in the Dark has this chance to have this fantastic title: they have to work with that. Perhaps to be a little purer about it and move away from what has become the classical survival horror game with Resident Evil, Biohazard, and let it be Alone in the Dark.

“When you forget that there’s been four or five instalments in the franchise, you can do something fantastic with it.”

The last Alone in the Dark game from Eden Studios – still to release on PS3 – wasn’t well received critically, and Atari boss Phil Harrison has already said he doubts another game of its ilk will be greenlit by the firm.

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  1. Blerk

    I’d be very surprised to see another AitD once the door’s shut on the PS3 port.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. patlike

    Maybe not from Atari, but there must be a ton of developers out there prepared to run with it. For better or worse, it is a major license. Tomb Raider went through the same thing, innit.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    You might be right – it’s not exactly unknown for Atari to sell of their bigger licenses once they’re done with them.

    It’s be interesting to see someone take AitD back and try to do something a bit more ‘grass roots’ with it. Something more in the style of the originals, in a next-gen style. That whole ‘Victorian’ theme could be awesome, much more interesting than trying to turn it into a slightly-horror version of 24.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. patlike

    Yeah, I agree. It could be amazing, and should be. I think we’re heading for a bit of a horror “shake-up,” tbh. RE5 looks like a proper genre-endgame title, Silent Hill looks like its hit a wall and AitD’s run out of steam as well. I liked what the Darkworks chaps said about breaking conventions. There’s another comment later on in that interview about “bad habits.”

    Interesting that Funcom and CCP are both putting their next MMOs in the genre too.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Whizzo

    If AitD gets another game I would just like to suggest they make sure the controls actually work rather than the abortion that is the setup in the recent title.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. EdwardTivrusky

    I think it’s a great franchise that i’m very fond of but it just needs a decent game behind it. It also has the problem that the original was such a good game for it’s time that it’ll be hard to live up to the expectations.

    If it had been any cop i’d have bought it but the reports of control issues and other problems put me off.
    Was it rushed or flawed?

    #6 6 years ago
  7. pjmaybe

    I think the developers need to be made to do several things before touching another AITD title.

    1) Go and watch a bunch of Hammer Horror films
    2) Go and read the collected works of Poe followed by each and every HP Lovecraft book
    3) Never ever EVER put out a piece of shit like the last game ever again.

    #7 6 years ago