Even though The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope by Supermassive Games has been recently released, it appears that the developer is already preparing for its next installment. At the end of Little Hope, Supermassive has secretly included a trailer for the next title, House of Ashes.
Long-time fans wouldn’t be surprised by this discovery though, as Little Hope was initially revealed in a similar fashion – as a scene that takes place after the Man of Medan’s credits finished rolling.
Another factor that makes House of Ashes somewhat similar to Little Hope is the fact that each of them has its own unique setting and mood. In other words, House of Ashes looks and feels nothing like the previous games in the franchise, or at least that’s the vibe we’re getting from the secret trailer.
From what we can infer, the upcoming entry will be all about soldiers and specialists in Afghanistan who, somehow, stumble across some kind of powerful evil. It’s definitely worth noting how the game will feature a woman who looks very much like Ashley Tisdale.
The trailer is only less than a minute long though, so it’s definitely a teaser more than anything – and we’re definitely teased! We can’t wait to find out more about House of Ashes.
Speaking of the teaser trailer, it starts by showing American helicopters passing through a rough and rocky terrain that looks somewhat similar to Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush. As the video continues, we can hear someone – most probably an American soldier – talk about how they were attacked by something they couldn’t even begin to explain.
The soldier-slash-narrator goes on to talk about an ancient abyss where the dead would go to lament and to “live on dust, plagued by the demons of the underworld.” As the trailer progresses, we can see these soldiers explore what looks to be a dark and terribly mysterious cave, with a statue of a Demon even making an appearance.
At this point, it’s safe to assume that this mysterious and powerful evil has burrowed deep underground. According to GamesRadar, they have made the assumption that House of Ashes will be contending with Pazuzu, the demon king of the wind in ancient Mesopotamian religion, along with demonic entities from the netherworld.
Based on the trailer, we assume that some parts of the game will take place in Afghanistan or perhaps the Arabian desert.
After reviewing the teaser, we can really see just how House of Ashes is different from the previous titles, Man of Medan and Little Hope. Asides from the plot and where the game is set, House of Ashes seems to have more action as well, as we can see soldiers shooting rounds upon rounds at an enemy that wasn’t shown in the trailer.
However, this doesn’t mean that being able to shoot with guns in House of Ashes is a guarantee. However, if players really can do that in-game, this would be a major change from The Dark Pictures’ QTE-heavy gameplay mechanics. Plus, soldiers seem to play an important role in this upcoming title, so it would make sense if it will include even just a little bit of gun shooting.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes is set to release by 2021. Although Supermassive Games hasn’t revealed the platforms, we assume that it will be available on both current-gen and next-gen consoles.