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Alone in the Dark Goes Episodic

Atari Announces New Game Structure for 'Alone in the Dark' (thanks Frans) has word on a new TV-style episodic structure for the upcoming horror/survival game:

Continuing the pioneering heritage that began with the first Alone in the Dark in 1992, Alone in the Dark will feature an episodic game structure to enhance the players' engagement with the story and keep them riveted to the screen. The originator of the survival horror gaming genre, Alone in the Dark is being developed by Eden Games for the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows platform and will deliver a fiercely gripping and terrifying gaming experience.

Taking inspiration from the presentation style and structure of a number of acclaimed and globally popular TV action dramas, Alone in the Dark is split into distinct episodes in a season-style format. Eden Games has departed from the typical ten-hour game based on film-style scripts and structures and focuses on TV-season format in order to deliver a constant sustained pace and high level of narrative intensity.

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16. Misleading title, Blue May 2, 2006, 17:40 Shadowcat
 
the news title is misleading... See to it Blue!
Seconded. With the recent usage for the term "episodic" in gaming (especially around these parts), *everyone* is going to misinterpret this title.

Although it never says it outright (no doubt because they didn't anticipate any confusion in the first place), the press release does say that each episode is about 30-40 minutes long "offering easy accessibility whether the player has hours to devote or only wants a quick TV-style fix", and when you quit the game you'll get a teaser for the next episode, which at least implies that you have all the episodes at your disposal from the beginning. Who would pay for 30-40 minutes of game, after all?

Anyone else thinking of "The Devil Inside", btw?

 
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