Sometimes classic franchises fall by the wayside, other times the get their second turn in the spotlight. Atari announced today that they will be rebooting both the Alone in the Dark and Haunted House franchises. Both franchises will be officially unveiled at PAX next weekend.
Haunted House last made an appearance on the Wii and Xbox Live Arcade back in 2010 with Alone in the Dark last popping up on Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.
No details have been released in regards to either title, but purely from looking at the website it looks as if Pure is handling Alone in the Dark and Dreampainters is taking on Haunted House. Pure is a smaller company with little known about them, but Dreampainters previous horror work includes Anna.
Atari has been busy lately, also announcing in the previous days that they would be bringing Roller Coaster Tycoon World to PC and Roller Coaster Tycoon 4 mobile to the market. Both of those games will also be shown of in Seattle at PAX.
Atari is still widely synonymous for creating the gaming console that brought home gaming to the forefront. As a publisher however, Atari has put its name on quite a few titles in the past.
It is always a nice thing to see a franchise get a revival by a reputable company. While Alone in the Dark was never going to be a blockbuster on previous generation consoles, it was a solid entrant into the horror gaming scene. With next generation capability being what it is, there is significant upside here.