Until Dawn

Weird, gory and surprisingly moving - Sony's long-delayed slasher tribute is a flawed but memorable step forwards for “interactive movies”.


VideoVideo: Until Dawn, Dinklebot and Miyamoto

All in this week's Eurogamer Show.

FeatureTomb Raider, Vita's no-show and the mystery of 10m PS4 sales

Our Gamescom interview with Sony's Shuhei Yoshida.

VideoUntil Dawn Gamescom announcement trailer

Adult horror for PlayStation Move.

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What went wrong with PSVR exclusive Bravo Team, the "Halo of VR shooters"

Bravo Team, the PlayStation VR shooter from Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games, launched earlier this month to a critical mauling and disappointment from fans hoping for another game of Until Dawn quality. Early glimpses looked bland at best, but Supermassive's recent track record suggested Bravo Team could - should - still turn out okay. After all, the studio had turned things around before. But, this time, that didn't happen. Bravo Team launched in a state, and in Eurogamer's review, Ian branded the game "an astonishingly bad VR shooter from a team that should know better".

It's that last part which intrigued me - here was a studio which had form in Until Dawn and other VR efforts like Tumble VR and Rush of Blood. By contrast, Bravo Team arrived riddled with glitches, featuring dull levels, a dreary art pallete and laughable enemy AI. What had gone so wrong here?

Speaking to Eurogamer under condition of anonymity to protect their jobs, Supermassive staff have painted a picture of a project which felt doomed from an early stage, of a studio which feels increasingly overworked, and a management too focused on maintaining the place in the spotlight Supermassive secured with 2015's Until Dawn, still the studio's biggest claim to fame.

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Until Dawn dev announces VR prequel The Inpatient

Until Dawn dev announces VR prequel The Inpatient

Set 60 years before the first game.

Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games is releasing its second Until Dawn VR spin-off. This time it's a prequel called The Inpatient.

Set 60 years before the events of Until Dawn, The Inpatient is set in the creepy Blackwood Sanatorium. As Silent Hill, Outlast, and The Evil Within have taught us, nothing good ever comes from an asylum in a video game.

Based on its reveal trailer above, The Inpatient looks like a narrative-driven adventure that's a far cry from Supermassive's previous Until Dawn VR spin-off, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, which was an on-rails shooter centered around a hellish series of roller coasters. Our Ian Higton really liked that one.

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Watch Until Dawn's early first-person version

From back when it was a PS3 Move game.

Teenage slasher choose-your-own-adventure game Until Dawn had surprising success upon its launch last year on PS4. Smarter than meets the eye, Supermassive Games' slasher affair effortlessly blended Telltale-style third-person adventure with the gory glory of the best B-movies. But it started out as a very different beast.

Until Dawn: Rush of Blood announced for PlayStation VR

Sony has announced Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, a spin-off from the PS4 horror adventure coming exclusively to PlayStation VR.

The brief announcement, made during Sony's Paris Games Week 2015 press conference, did not include many details.

Rush of Blood will be set on a horror rollercoaster, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said, revealing the game's logo.

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Digital FoundryDigital Foundry vs Until Dawn

A PS4 sleeper hit, and a shock technical marvel.

Originally conceived as a last-gen game, Until Dawn's revival on PlayStation 4 brings it to the very cutting edge of today's rendering and motion capture technologies. The Killzone Shadow Fall engine is at the heart of its delivery, and UK developer Supermassive Games doesn't hold back on using its strong feature-set to produce an atmospheric, beautifully-lit horror tale of many tangents. With some eye-catching facial capture tech in play too, the only caveat is Until Dawn's high visual standard is paid for - it's fair to say - in performance.

Video: Eurogamer plays the intro to Until Dawn

INT. Eurogamer office - NIGHT

I love cheesy horror. I grew up watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and all those teen slasher films parents would overlook you renting out for a sleepover. I remember reading Goosebumps and Point Horror and later, Stephen King. I knew the rules for surviving a scary scenario inside out. You stick together, you never investigate a strange noise, and above all, you certainly don't drink, partake in recreational drugs or have sex. But would my supposed knowledge of how all these horror cliches play out save me when it came to directing my own story?

Until Dawn review

"Interactive movie" is a troublesome phrase. Games developers have chased this phantom grail for decades, and the result is usually ambitiously flawed at best, absolute dog muck at worst.

David Cage's Quantic Dream studio is one of today's most dedicated proponents of the genre, plugging away with titles like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. The problem with Quantic Dream's efforts is that there's always a disconnect between the highbrow intentions - Heavy Rain opens by giving you a Trophy that says "Thank you for supporting digital drama" - and the often ludicrous pulp storylines that intrude as the games progress. Beyond: Two Souls is a tender story about a young woman struggling to find her place in the world, and also a thriller about a psychic secret agent fighting monsters with her invisible ghost bodyguard.

Until Dawn

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PS4 exclusive Until Dawn finally has a release date

PS4 exclusive Until Dawn finally has a release date

Prison Break and Arrow star Peter Stormare joins cast.

PlayStation 4-exclusive interactive horror Until Dawn will finally launch in the UK on 28th August.

It's been a while since we last saw Until Dawn and even longer since it was first announced. Sony initially revealed the title for PlayStation 3 all the way back at Gamescom 2012, when it was shown off as a PlayStation Move game.

It has since been rejigged for standard controls and smartened up for Sony's newer console.

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Here's a fresh look at PS4-exclusive horror thriller Until Dawn

Here's a fresh look at PS4-exclusive horror thriller Until Dawn

Don't hide under the bed. Never hide under the bed.

At The Game Awards last night Sony showed off new gameplay of its PlayStation 4 exclusive horror thriller Until Dawn.

Until Dawn, developed by the Guildford-based Supermassive Games, brings to mind David Cage games such as Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls with its quick time events and scripted gameplay.

The video, below, shows a woman desperately trying to escape a masked killer. At points the player is asked to make a decision: throw the vase or run, hide under the bed or jump over it, run or stay still.

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FeatureUntil Dawn may be the horror-themed Heavy Rain you've been waiting for

PS4 exclusive using Killzone: Shadow Fall's tech is looking good.

In the dark din of Sony's Gamescom booth, I was waiting patiently. Conditions were perfect. With only an occasional flicker of the spectres wandering through Until Dawn's creaking halls, my gaze was fixed on an unsuspecting person playing right next to me. This punter, headphones cranked up loud and deep in the throes of Supermassive Games' choose-your-own-Cabin-in-the-Woods adventure, was going down the very same road I had taken. Excellent.

Tomb Raider, Vita's no-show and the mystery of 10m PS4 sales

FeatureTomb Raider, Vita's no-show and the mystery of 10m PS4 sales

Our Gamescom interview with Sony's Shuhei Yoshida.

It's been a fantastic year for Sony and the PlayStation 4, with a whopping 10m consoles sold. But there have been bumps along the road.

The Last Guardian remains missing in action years after it was announced. It's been in development for so long it's becoming a bit of a running joke.

There's also the issue of the delay to Evolution's racing game DriveClub. It was once due out alongside the PS4 in November 2013. Now, it'll launch almost a year later, going up against the likes of Forza Horizon 2, Project Cars and The Crew.

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SCEE releases Halloween trailers for Puppeteer, LittleBigPlanet Karting, Sly Cooper 4 and Until Dawn

SCEE has released Halloween-themed trailers for its following games: Puppeteer, Until Dawn, LittleBigPlanet Karting, and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.

The Puppeteer trailer seems the most Halloween-y in that it's clearly inspired by Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, something its art director Gavin Moore freely admited on the PlayStation Blog.

Sly Cooper is well-suited to the holiday as well being that it stars a guy who literally appears to be wearing a mask even when he isn't. The shady devil!

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PlayStation 3-exclusive Until Dawn exposes its horror parody roots

Sony has demoed its recently-unveiled PlayStation 3-exclusive Until Dawn, offering a glimpse underneath the covers of its teen slasher parody.

The game, due sometime in 2013, will maroon players in the dark, fog-ridden forests of Mount Washington, and the ski lodge owned by one of the teens' rich parents.

Eurogamer witnessed a playthrough of one of the game's early chapters, entitled "If you go down in the woods today".

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PlayStation 3-exclusive horror game Until Dawn announced

Sony has announced Until Dawn, a new adult horror game for PlayStation Move that riffs on teen horror films.

It's being created by British developer Supermassive Games, of 2/10 Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock fame.

Expect plenty of tongue-in-cheek horror, designed to emulate the kind of movies where Bad Things happen to pretty teenagers trapped alone in a shack on a mountain in the middle of the night.

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