The third part of the Dark Pictures anthology – called House of Ashes – will take action to Iraq during the American occupation in 2003. We will play the role of soldiers on both sides of the conflict.
However, as it befits the series, we are dealing with a horror movie, not a shooter. Supermassive Games’ anthology resembles Until Dawn, released on PS4 in 2015.
So the key is acting, making choices, and presenting stories from several perspectives. We will play as Rachel King from the CIA squad (played by Ashley Tisdale) and Salim Othman, an Iraqi soldier.
Rachel struggles with nothing but her ex-husband, she searches for non-existent weapons of mass destruction, and her team is ambushed. With all this confusion, Americans and Iraqis land in underground Sumerian ruins.
As befits a horror movie, something else, something supernatural, comes to life in the dungeons. “From the point of view of location and subject matter, we knew it had to be military. From the beginning, we wanted to tie this particular threat to a desert spot, ”explains producer Dan McDonald in an interview with Polygon
The two previous Dark Pictures installments – with teens on a boat and a historical witch hunt – have been criticized at times for being too linear, with few choices branching out to the story.
McDonald’s admits that the creators took these opinions to heart, and the third part should again resemble Until Down, where such decisions were abundant.
House of Ashes has no specific release date yet but will be released later this year. Target platforms are PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S.