When it comes to narrative-driven games, multiplayer isn’t a feature one would expect to see. Yet, cooperative multiplayer is going to be a major feature in Supermassive Games’ upcoming horror title: The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan. The basics of the feature were already revealed in July, but questions still lingered regarding how exactly shared story mode will work. Today, Supermassive Games answers most of these with a brand new developer diary focused squarely on the shared story experience.
The short version is that playing The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan in shared story mode has a dramatic impact on how the story plays out. Both players each take control of their own character and have their own unique experience. Both players are presented with choices, and neither can know what options the other is considering. Players can even explore different places simultaneously and make choices with the potential to radically change how the overall story plays out.
This is a feature that’s been a part of the game since the very beginning, to the point where the developers built its narritive to be complex enough to support it and created in-house tools to better facilitate the increased scale. Even if one isn’t interested in The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan or its shared story feature, this is still a fascinating video worth investigating.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan launches on August 30 of PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. See our review of Until Dawn for a taste of what this pseudo-sequel will be like.