Palms-on with Man of Medan on the HMS Wellington

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Have you ever ever performed a terrifying horror sport set on the open sea, all whereas standing on an actual boat on some actual water? No? Effectively to be honest not many individuals have… count on me earlier this week.

I’ve to say, this wasn’t one thing on my bucket listing, however I’m very glad I’ve achieved it now.

See, lately I had the good pleasure of boarding the HMS Wellington on the River Thames in London. The boat served in World Warfare 2 and is now completely moored by Temple tube station because the guild for historical grasp mariners. I used to be nowhere close to being a grasp of something, however I used to be right here for one cause solely and that was to partake within the The Darkish Photos Anthology: Man of Medan preview occasion held by Bandai Namco and Supermassive Video games. I’ve to say, it was a pleasure to attend.

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Standing in an attractive elegant banqueting corridor, surrounding by historical footage of kings, queens and grand ships of days gone previous, there are banks of displays lining the perimeters of the room with the The Darkish Photos Anthology: Man of Medan title display displayed proudly. The principle developer for Supermassive Video games takes to the stage and tells us why we’re right here on this outdated WWII ship, what we will likely be doing and why it’s so particular…

Man of Medan is the primary of a sequence of video games the staff are engaged on underneath the title “The Darkish Photos Anthology”. Each new sport will function a brand new story, setting, and characters. The staff will even take a look at completely different sub-horror genres – having discovered 39 to date – which makes the franchise potentialities very thrilling certainly. That is the staff that introduced you the wonderful Till Daybreak, so they’re very effectively versed in story-driven journey horror. In addition they state that they’ve given Man of Medan many doable endings and deeper branching narrative traces than any sport they’ve created earlier than.

The legend of the Ourang Medan is the affect for the story within the first of those video games. You begin the leisure in a distinct time interval and witness one thing really horrible occur on board a warship of the time. Minimize to modern-day and we discover a pleasure cruise with a small bunch of thrill seekers on the lookout for a sea wreck. Some horrible issues occur, which ends up in the 2 completely different time intervals colliding. I’m being notably imprecise right here as to not spoil the story which is the guts of the sport.

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We had been invited to play 90 minutes of Man of Medan from the beginning, however whereas in attendance there was an announcement of a really new function. For the primary time, you possibly can play on-line with a buddy in two-player co-op mode. And that’s what we had been having a go at this very day. You play the journey collectively, controlling a variety of completely different characters at a sure time within the story. The apparent instance is at one level two brothers are having a dialog and each of you are taking a personality every, responding to one another in a sure approach. Do you are taking a flippant strategy? Are you at all times form? Do you anger or offend simply? It’s fascinating and really fascinating when you understand the opposite individual is making these choices to instigate a dialog. Why are they being so impolite? Are they making an attempt to flirt with me? The implications from a couple of glib phrases may have a huge impact on the story to return.

Different conditions within the playthrough noticed the journey department out into completely different story arcs. At one level my character was on the deck of the ship coping with native fisherman issues, whereas my companion was underwater on a dive, placing up with the issues encountered there. It was solely after we completed the playthrough that we labored out that we had been doing various things and controlling completely different individuals. It’s a really thrilling dynamic and really very similar to a bit of immersive theatre or a select your personal journey e book. It actually does encourage a number of playthroughs as effectively, with secrets and techniques and completely different doable paths you possibly can comply with which can be greater than many different video games.

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There may be additionally an area participant ‘sofa mode’ the place as much as 5 gamers can undergo the sport, swapping the controller over to share the choice making between them. It’s one other nice function so as to add some spice to the occasions.

Man of Medan seems to be sensible as effectively, with the stunning wanting engine working additional time to supply some nice character animation and places. Come August 30th when the sport is launched you possibly can select to play alone on this nautical horror journey, companion up with a buddy, or have a home celebration and share the thrills and spills of The Darkish Photos Anthology: Man of Medan.

I for one can’t wait.


Large thanks exit to Bandai Namco and Supermassive Video games for inviting us to their The Darkish Photos Anthology: Man of Medan preview occasion on-board the HMS Wellington. The sport will launch on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on August 30th 2019.

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