Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Alone in the Dark on Wii, PS2

Atari may be on the canvas and facing the 9-count, but that fact alone isn't going to stop it from releasing ported versions of upcoming New York based survival-horror Alone in The Dark on both PS2 and Wii.

The two new Alone in the Dark titles will stand beside their next-gen counterparts on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Unlike the previous versions which were developed by Eden Studios, the new ports will be handled by Hydravision -- a French developer best known for the (obscure) Obscure series of survival horror games.

While the PS2 conversion looks to be fairly standard issue, Atari has confirmed the Wii version will sport a "control system specially adapted to make full use of the Remote and Nunchuck to manipulate objects in real-time." So perhaps there's an incentive there for players to consider one of these new packs alongside their prettier cousins. The huge install base of both the Wii and PS2 sure isn't going to hurt the company's bottom line any either.

Announcement of the PS2, Wii release was made today by Atari Executive Vice President of publishing and production Mathias Hautefort. "Realizing the enormous ambition of Alone in the Dark is a huge technological challenge, which becomes even more demanding on Wii and PlayStation." he said. "However, we're certain players will be impressed with what Hydravision have achieved on the two consoles, not least with the Wii game which is perfectly adapted to the gameplay thanks to the console's unique controllers."

Considering how much the survival horror genre owes to its father-figure franchise, it'd be a real shame to see the series' resurgence be best remembered for a blaze of ill-advised and hurriedly executed 11th hour ports -- especially considering the trouble they must have had getting NYT bestselling author Lorenzo Carcaterra on board to do all the writing. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what the future holds for Alone in the Dark.

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