The Dark Pictures returns soon with its second anthological release. Little Hope is a tale of the Salem Witch Trials, and we now know when to expect reviews to start hitting OpenCritic. The review embargo for The Dark Pictures: Little Hope lifts on October 29 at 7 am Pacific. That embargo should give interested players almost a full day to read reviews and make up their minds about the cinematic survival horror sequel.
Little Hope is the second game in an ongoing horror anthology from Supermassive Games, the creators of 2015 breakout hit Until Dawn. Following closely in the style of that PS4-exclusive, The Dark Pictures have, at least after one game, given players a cast of characters to play as, and plenty of routes to success, or perhaps more often, failure. At almost any point, characters can die if players don't play well enough, such as performing quick-time events, finding key items, or escaping monsters through various hellish scenarios.
The first game in The Dark Pictures series came last year. Man of Medan was lukewarmly received, garnering a 71 with only 44% of players recommending the game for play. It's still a better reception than many horror movies get, but it pales in comparison to its spiritual predecessor. Until Dawn earned a 79 average with 73% of players recommending the game back when it launched in 2015. That game ended up spawning two spinoffs in VR, Rush of Blood, a rail shooter, and The Inpatient, a horror-adventure game.
As for The Dark Pictures, the deal Supermassive and Bandai Namco originally signed guaranteed at least three games. At the end of Man of Medan, a teaser trailer premiered for Little Hope, so whatever the third game in the series will be, it seems likely we'll catch our first glimpse of it once players start hitting the end of the bewitched horror game.
Check back on OpenCritic beginning on October 29 at 7 am Pacific as reviews begin to pour in, all before the game launches the following day, October 30, just in time for Halloween.