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The Next Game in The Dark Pictures Anthology is House of Ashes, Arrives 2021

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With two games out in the wild now, Supermassive Games and Bandai Namco will begin to turn their attention to the third game in The Dark Pictures Anthology, House of Ashes. Just as Little Hope was revealed with a post-credits teaser after Man of Medan, the reveal of House of Ashes comes following the Little Hope credits crawl too. You can see the game's teaser trailer below.

Though the trailer doesn't say so specifically, it certainly looks like it stars Ashley Tisdale. If so, that seems to line up with the studio's casting before. Supermassive has often taken young, somewhat familiar actors and put them in lead roles in their recent horror adventure games. Until Dawn starred Scream 4's Hayden Panettiere and a pre-Mr. Robot Rami Malek, Man of Medan cast Shawn Ashmore, most famous for his roles as X-Men's Iceman and Quantum Break's Shawn Ashmore, while Little Hope most recently put Bandersnatch's Will Poulter in the lead role.

Tisdale's most famous role probably comes from her time on the Disney Channel as one of the young adults aboard the cruise ship in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and later the High School Musical franchise. She has since starred in Scary Movie 5, a sequel in the long-running horror parody franchise. Now it seems she will get to make her debut in a proper horror story with House of Ashes.

The game looks to star a squad of elite-looking soldiers from an unidentified outfit exploring caves from Ancient Sumeria. Sounds like that will end well, huh?

Though the original deal signed with Bandai Namco guarantees three games, the team at Supermassive Games has previously said they have already mapped out a plan for eight anthological games in The Dark Pictures series. Whether or not they'll get to do all eight is a question not known to the public, but through two games, the series is averaging a "Fair" 71.5 here on OpenCritic, with Man of Medan scoring a 71 average (44% recommended) and Little Hope scoring a 72 average (47% recommended).

There's no set date for House of Ashes other than the trailer's use of "2021." Supermassive has said the plan is to get one out every six months or so, but the game's Halloween launches have seemed helpful thus far. Maybe we won't see the new game until next October.

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