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August 20 2015
Until Dawn - PS4 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
26/8/2015SonySonySupermassive Games
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1None$79.95 (Standard)
$99.95 (Extended)
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Until Dawn is a horror game from Supermassive.
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It certainly isn't a game for youngsters.

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Dark, moody, atmospheric, and very scary.
No, we don't have the wrong release date for this game. Yes, it's due out in a week but due illness this preview has sat unposted for over a week now. Anyway enough of the babble, let's have a look at this rather terrifying looking game which was initially announced as a PlayStation Move title for the PlayStation 3, before being shunted across to Sony's newest console, and as a result losing motion controller support along the way.

Written by Larry Fessenden & Graham Reznick Until Dawn tells the story of eight friends trapped together on a remote mountain retreat, and they aren't alone. Gripped by dread, with tensions running high, they must fight through their fear if they all hope to make through the night in one piece.

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Until Dawn certainly has adult themes.
In Until Dawn you will play as each of the eight main characters in a third person perspective with gameplay that isn't dissimilar to something like Heavy Rain with selections to be made at key moments. What is different from Quantic Dreams' title is the scares in this game - have a look at the trailer below and you'll see this isn't a game for children - it's rated R18+ with the advice of "High impact horror themes and violence".

Certainly the most interesting aspect of this game is that you won't see everything in a single play through. Indeed a "Butterfly Effect" means that any choices you make in the game can affect events later in the story. Indeed there is a possibility that all eight characters will survive the game, or perhaps a few, or even none at all depending on your decisions.

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Character models are very impressive.
Developers Supermassive Games have ensured that your save game won't allow you to go back to change an earlier decision and alter the outcome of the game. With a 10 hour game length, the value will be increased several times over through additional play throughs to see what impact different decisions have on the story.

Gamers should also note that as well as the Standard Edition with a RRP of $79.95 here in Australia there is an Extended Edition for $20 more which includes a Bonus DLC Chapter! This special bonus chapter sees Matt and Emily, a new couple, out on the mountain Ė but itís not long until they start to suspect they arenít alone...

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Until Dawn is out in late August on PS4.
As you can see from the surrounding screenshots this is a pretty dark looking game - why is it that horror seems to only happen at night in most games and films?! In any case the character models impress and the game is actually powered by a modified version of the Umbra3 Engine which was used in Guerrilla Games' visually stunning PS4 launch title, Killzone: Shadow Fall.

It has been a bit of a quiet period for gamers on all platforms but Until Dawn looks like being a game worth checking out. With moody visuals and hopefully plenty of frights this game could give us something to enjoy. Sony will be hoping this game fills the void left by Konami's cancellation of Kojima/Guillermo Del Toro's Silent Hills, and it may do just that in late August.

Below is the Playstation Experience Demo Walkthrough which gives an idea what to expect from Until Dawn - a lot of scares!