Eden Games has decided to
adopt an episodic format for its next-gen horror sequel, Alone in the Dark. The game will be chopped into
episodes, each containing 30–40 minutes of gameplay that ends with a cliffhanger and a preview of things to come.
In addition, each episode will be preceded by a brief video summary of previous events. Eden is hoping that this format,
popularized by TV dramas, will get players "permanently hooked."
Rather than digitally distribute each episode, the entire "season" with be packaged onto one disk. Players are free to play through multiple episodes in one sitting, but the idea is to approach the game in short bouts, as if following a weekly television series.
It's different than what we've seen in most contemporary adventure games, which tend to mimic feature films, but Alone in the Dark is still biting from an established format. With that said, does the game industry need to stop holding the hands of the film and television industries and step, alone, into the dark?