man of medan

En­ter the Cu­ra­tor’s repos­i­tory, he’s got a scary story to tell


1764’s The Cas­tle Of Otranto by Ho­race Walpole is con­sid­ered to be the first gothic hor­ror novel

“We’re fo­cused on sus­pense and the in­ten­sity rather than blood and guts”

We may have moved well away from the spooky sea­son and into the next equally scary fes­tive one but Supermassi­ve Games are con­tin­u­ing to bring on the scares with Man

Of Medan, the first part of its Dark Pic­tures An­thol­ogy.

In its lat­est trailer we got a short glimpse of the mys­te­ri­ous nar­ra­tor of the an­thol­ogy, known as the Cu­ra­tor. This enig­matic char­ac­ter will be played by ac­tor Pip Tor­rens, who you may recog­nise from Net­flix’s The

Crown se­ries. This set-up is very sim­i­lar to the stu­dio’s pre­vi­ous game Un­til Dawn, in which at cer­tain mo­ments you’re taken out of the story that’s un­fold­ing and al­lowed to dis­cuss your progress with a strange char­ac­ter. Man Of Medan will be the first of four planned in­di­vid­ual games all cen­tred around the theme of hor­ror. Four friends, and their guide, get to­gether for a thrilling ad­ven­ture of scuba div­ing but get more than they bar­gained for when they find them­selves stranded on an aban­doned World War 2 freighter, and have to fight for their lives.

The game might seem grue­some but that’s not the team’s fo­cus. “I think one of the big things is how im­por­tant the ten­sion and ter­ror is and how unim­por­tant the blood and gore is,” ex­plains ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Pete Sa­muels. “So that’s very much what we’re fo­cused on in Dark Pic­tures. The sus­pense, the in­ten­sity, the fear, rather than blood and guts.”

Dark tales

Al­though set in the same uni­verse, each game in the an­thol­ogy will fea­ture a whole new cast of char­ac­ters and a com­pletely unique story pulled from the 39 sub­gen­res of hor­ror that Supermassi­ve has iden­ti­fied. The Cu­ra­tor, how­ever, will be a con­tin­u­ous en­tity for each of the games and will be there to set up the story for the player. This seems re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to the early ‘90s tele­vi­sion hor­ror an­thol­ogy Tales

From The Crypt where you’ll get an in­tro­duc­tion to the story, and once the story is con­cluded, a talk about how things went. There’s a lot of mys­tery and in­trigue sur­round­ing this char­ac­ter and ac­cord­ing to Bandai Namco the Cu­ra­tor is a time­less en­tity who re­sides within a li­brary that con­tains ev­ery story ever told. It’s pos­si­ble that he has been around for thou­sands of years, but even the Cu­ra­tor him­self is un­sure of that lit­tle de­tail. What he does know is every­thing about the story in which you’ll take part. Al­though he’s un­able to re­veal any clues as to ex­actly what hap­pens, he will of­fer cryp­tic words to those ready to de­ci­pher them.

The game is al­ready show­ing so much po­ten­tial, not least for scar­ing the pants off us.

Below He’s less in­ter­ested in the well­be­ing of the Queen and more in how you’ll die.

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