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.”
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.
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