Supermassive Games has been working on their next project, Man of Medan, the first of what could be eight titles in The Dark Pictures Anthology, and they have been doing so with multiplayer in mind.

In a blog post on the PlayStation blog, Series Director and Executive Producer, Pete Samuels made the announcement and shared more on what players can expect going into Man of Medan.

As we’ve announced last year, The Dark Pictures Anthology is a series of standalone cinematic horror games, each featuring a brand-new story, setting and characters. Man of Medan is the first in the series, releasing on August 30. We hope you’re as excited as us that you’ll be able to play every game in the series in multiplayer.

There will be two different multiplayer modes to choose from for the entire Dark Pictures Anthology – Shared Story Mode and Movie Night mode.

In Shared Story mode, you and a friend will be playing together online, making “choices that affect both of you.” However, in Movie Night mode, five people can be playing together in couch co-op. Each player will be identified and can choose which character(s) to play as.

Whenever your chosen character is the focus of the game, simply pass the DualShock 4 to the person in charge. Exploration, decisions, and reactions are all yours to control. As the game progresses, there will be periodical summaries of how each player has fared during Man of Medan.

This was born out of the “innovative and collaborative ways people played Until Dawn together” that the studio “created this feature to help facilitate that way of playing.”

Of course, it definitely was not easy creating a narrative-driven title such as Man of Medan with multiplayer. According to Samuels, this “has thrown up some interesting design challenges — the most significant of which was in the two-player Shared Story, and how to have both players enjoy a great story when they each see different things and neither sees everything. It also created some great new design and narrative opportunities which we hope will surprise you. When you and your friend ‘split up,’ you can’t be sure that you’ll ever see their character again! It is horror, after all.”

The popular streaming of Until Dawn and how people enjoyed playing together made huge impressions on Supermassive Games.

These both fed into the initial design of The Dark Pictures Anthology and we decided that along with story, characters, and cinematic production values, multiplayer should be core to the series. In short, we have built The Dark Pictures Anthology from the ground up with multiplayer in mind.

In Man of Medan, players will experience the tale of four American tourists and their inexperienced captain going on the diving holiday of a lifetime in the South pacific.

Things inevitably go wrong and it will be up to you to decide what happens next, and with Man of Medan having more branching paths than Supermassive’s previous games, there will be plenty of replayability on hand, and Samuel’s advice is simple: “Don’t. Play. Alone!”

Jake Su
Trophy hunter and dedicated completionist, love to talk all things games!

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