Try not to kill your friends in Man of Medan’s co-op mode

Man of Medan Dark Pictures Co-op
Man of Medan Dark Pictures Co-op

Man of Medan is the new horror title from the makers of Until Dawn, and this time, you’ll be able to bring your friends along for the ride with new co-op modes. Man of Medan is the first game in The Dark Pictures Anthology, an ongoing horror series, with each game telling a different story. Think, ‘The Twilight Zone’, but in game form.

The story and visuals are sure to be top-tier, but what has us most excited is the new range of multiplayer modes. Until Dawn was perfect to play with friends and family, whether you were debating over story choices or passing the controller when you had to hide behind the couch.

The Dark Pictures Man of Medan Game Logo

Man of Medan is the new horror title from the makers of Until Dawn, and this time, you’ll be able to bring your friends along for the ride with new co-op modes. Man of Medan is the first game in The Dark Pictures Anthology, an ongoing horror series, with each game telling a different story. Think, ‘The Twilight Zone’, but in game form.

The story and visuals are sure to be top-tier, but what has us most excited is the new range of multiplayer modes. Until Dawn was perfect to play with friends and family, whether you were debating over story choices or passing the controller when you had to hide behind the couch.

Now, you will be able to experience Man of Medan’s story with others in two bespoke modes – Shared Story and Movie Night.

Movie Night will have you playing locally with up to four friends, passing the controller to play the roles of different characters. At the end of each chapter, players will get awards based on things like reaction times, and if their actions got another character killed. This mode is sure to be an an immersive social experience, and more intense than your average game of Trivial Pursuit!

Man of Medan co-op choice

Shared Story mode is an ‘asynchronous’ multiplayer mode – meaning that different players will play different parts of the story, and the actions they take will affect the way the other’s story plays out. Sometimes you and your partner will be in the same scene and other times you will be in completely different places, discovering new parts of the story. You won’t always see the choices your partner makes, but you will definitely feel the effects. Be careful, as your partner’s actions can even get you killed. When your partner is making a decision, there will be indicator on-screen, but you won’t be able to change the choices they make – so make sure your partner is someone you can trust.

In their latest Dev Diary video, Supermassive Games explain that the game has been built so that the branching narratives will stay in sync with one another across both players’ games.

“It’s no good if one player finishes their section in two minutes and another finishes theirs in 20 minutes,” explains lead developer, Edwin Bell. “What we want is for the multiplayer experience to feel as close to watching a movie as the single-player experience does.”

UK-based developer Supermassive Games are best known for 2015’s Until Dawn – another horror title featuring branching narratives and moral choices. Man of Medan sees you take control of a group of young American tourists who become trapped on a sunken ghost ship in the midst of a huge sea storm. You will have to work together with your group to survive, and discover the dark secrets held within this enigmatic setting.

Man of Medan launches on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on Friday, 30 August.

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