The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan unveils new multiplayer modes


Of course, all of the games in The Dark Pictures Anthology will be playable alone. You can team up with up to four friends to get through the story.

For its upcoming Dark Pictures Anthology, Supermassive has introduced couch co-op and online multiplayer modes starting with Man of Medan, the first game within the series.

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'These both fed into the initial design of The Dark Pictures Anthology and we decided that along with story, characters and cinematic production values, multiplayer should be core to the series. Imagine how much more interesting things will get across eight titles, even if Game Director Tom Heaton downplayed the interconnectedness of each game.

The first of the two modes, "Shared Story", will be played out online. You will each be capable of discovering the spooky ship on the heart of Man of Medan and making selections that affect the story and the characters you are controlling.

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The first Man of Medan multiplayer mode that Supermassive Games revealed is a 2 to 5-player Movie Night Mode.

There's a chance that you and your friend will "split up" and you'll wind up never seeing their character again, making this mode all the more ominous.

"Each player can enter their name and choose which character (or characters) to play, then simply pass the pad whenever that character is the focus of the game", explained Samuels. On that note, if Medan is anything like Until Dawn, you better make the correct decisions - the lives of the characters may depend on it.

In an interview with Supermassive CEO Pete Samuels, I asked what the plan for the Curator is: "We have an arc in mind that plays out over eight games".

A narrative-based game like Man of Medan and its successors seems a natural fit for this casual, controller-passing multiplayer mode, as you as the player only ever need to make choices using judgement instead of using skill, which could be a barrier to entry for many casual audiences. It's set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on August 30th.