Back from the dead, Atari digs deep into its bag o’ tricks

Hot on the heels of news that Atari Interactive is breathing new life into the Rollercoaster Tycoon franchise with Rollercoaster Tycoon World (due out on PC next year), the publisher recently announced that they’re digging into their extensive IP catalogue to revive and reimagine two dormant horror franchises: Alone in the Dark and Haunted House.

The new Alone in the Dark is subtitled Illumination. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, the game uses Alan Wake style third person combat mechanics in that the horrors you’ll face in the game can only be dispatched by bathing them in light before riddling them with bullets. Levels will be partially randomly generated; enemies won’t spawn in the same place twice, and room layouts will alter on each excursion. For the first time in the venerable AitD series, Illumination is set to feature online multiplayer, offering cooperative play for up to four players.

Haunted House , meanwhile, is definitely the more obscure of the two brands. There’s not an awful lot known about its upcoming remake, other than it’s played from a first person perspective and there’ll be puzzles to solve. It’s being put together by Dreampainters, the Italian studio responsible for PC horror title Anna .

Both games are due out later this year, and considering that there’s not much of this year left, that’s an incredibly quick turnaround time from announcement to release. Atari COO Todd Shallbetter says that people should expect to see more classic Atari properties reimagined to cater to a modern audience.

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