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Lights, Camera, PC! Until Dawn: A Cinematic Horror Classic Set to Haunt Your Screens

In the midst of Sony's expanding horizons, it appears that a beloved PS4 horror gem is about to break free from its console confines and make its way ...

Deven McClure

Jan 24, 2024

Lights, Camera, PC! Until Dawn: A Cinematic Horror Classic Set to Haunt Your Screens

In the midst of Sony's expanding horizons, it appears that a beloved PS4 horror gem is about to break free from its console confines and make its way to the world of PC gaming: none other than the spine-chilling Until Dawn. Supermassive Games' immersive slasher experience first graced the PlayStation in 2015, inspiring a wave of similar titles like the Dark Pictures Anthology and The Quarry. Now, rumors abound that a PC port of this cinematic fright-fest has been in the works for quite some time, and an official announcement is on the horizon.

The timing couldn't be more perfect. Just last week, The Hollywood Reporter unveiled plans for an Until Dawn movie adaptation, helmed by the talented director David F. Sandberg (of Shazam! fame) and acclaimed horror screenwriter Gary Dauberman (known for his work on It and Annabelle). With nearly nine years since the game's initial release and no sign of a sequel, bringing Until Dawn to PC (and PS5) is a clever move to reignite interest and captivate both new and returning fans.

For the uninitiated, Until Dawn follows the tried-and-true formula of a slasher flick, where a group of friends reunites in a secluded lodge, one year after the mysterious disappearance of two of their own during a previous gathering. As players embark on this blood-soaked nightmare, they assume control of each character at different stages, making choices that shape the story and determine who will meet their untimely demise. From my own recollection of playing the game, it seemed like nearly everyone met a rather grisly fate.

The game heavily relies on quick-time events (QTEs), but Supermassive Games injected a healthy dose of creativity into these moments. Picture yourself, controller in hand, trying to keep perfectly still to avoid giving away your hiding spot—a task far more anxiety-inducing than you might expect. Until Dawn's immersive gameplay experience is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, or perhaps hiding under it.

As for the upcoming port, it's still unclear what changes and enhancements await us. A visual upgrade seems like a safe bet, although the original game's aesthetics still hold up admirably. Improved performance is another area that could benefit from some fine-tuning, as occasional frame rate fluctuations could momentarily disrupt the chilling atmosphere. Supermassive's subsequent releases, which found their way to PC, provided smoother experiences overall.

While it may seem unlikely, I can't help but dream of the possibility of proper co-op gameplay. Supermassive Games' later titles introduced multiple modes, allowing two players to experience the terror together or even transforming the game into a thrilling pass-the-controller party activity. Until Dawn, however, remains firmly single-player, though resourceful players can emulate the party mode by informally assigning characters to their friends and passing the controller at opportune moments.

As of now, a release date remains shrouded in mystery, but perhaps all will be revealed during the highly anticipated official announcement. Get ready to dim the lights, crank up the volume, and prepare for a cinematic horror experience that will leave you trembling in fear. Until Dawn is poised to make its grand entrance onto your screens, ready to haunt your every decision, as you navigate the treacherous path between life and a gruesome demise.

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