Like Man of Medan though, Little Hope will include a single-player story along with an online co-op mode and pass-the-controller couch multiplayer. Here's what we know so far.
When is Little Hope coming out?
Little Hope is now confirmed to release across all platforms on 30 October 2020 - the day before the spookiest day of the year, which seems appropriate.
You can pre-order it now, and pre-orders will get early access to the Curator's Cut of the game, with different playable characters and outcomes.
There's also a Collector's Edition exclusive to the Bandai Namco store that includes a steel book and some other physical goodies, along with a limited edition bundle that throws in Man of Medan too.
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:
The release date reveal trailer gives us the best look yet at the game's story, along with a few tantalising glimpses of some of the ways things can go very wrong for some of the characters.
Best of all is this interactive trailer. Yup, interactive. You essentially get to play through a teeny snapshot of one of the game's big decisions, using YouTube itself to pick what happens next:
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.
You can see it in action in this eight-minute gameplay video that gives a good idea of what to expect:
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.