House of Ashes is the third instalment of The Dark Pictures Anthology from Bandai Namco Entertainment and developed by Supermassive Games. If the other two in this series (Man of Medan, Little Hope) are anything to by House of Ashes will be action-packed and have jump scares galore.
In the shadow of the Zagros mountains, a US military unit comes under fire from Iraqi forces. The resulting firefight causes an earth tremor where both sides fall into the ruins of a buried Sumerian temple.
With all communication severed, our protagonists are trapped and must navigate a way to escape – unaware that something ancient and evil has awakened in the shadows and is hungry for blood. In this terrifying underworld, ask yourself who your real enemy is. The monsters hiding in the shadows or the other people trapped with you? Will, you set aside your rivalries to face a common enemy? Tough decisions will have to be made… and the consequences could be deadly.
House of Ashes introduces several gameplay changes. The game camera is no longer fixed and is replaced by a 360-degree player-controlled camera. The player character is also equipped with a flashlight which can be used to illuminate dark areas and discover new paths. The game also introduces various difficulty levels for the quick-time events.
The game features 4 main modes. In addition to the main theatrical mode, players who pre-order the game also gained access to the Curator’s cut, which allows players to experience the story from the perspective of another character. “Shared Story” and “Movie Night”, the two multiplayer modes from the previous games, also return in House of Ashes.
Eagle-eyed fans may notice a hidden message in the trailer leading to a special website filled with the lore and secrets behind House of Ashes!
House of Ashes will release on October 22nd on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC and is available for pre-order now.