After surpassing all expectations this past summer with the success of their sleeper hit, Supermassive Games is already considering a sequel to Until Dawn. This could either be the best idea of all time, or the worst idea anyone could have ever come up with. It’s no surprise that the studio would want to capitalize on the success of Until Dawn by turning the title into a franchise. The question now would be: where do we go from here?
Talking to Playstation Lifestyle, Executive Producer Pete Samuels teased the possibility of a sequel when talking about the data of sales they’ve been receiving, while discussing what fans can expect from the small studio:
“I think that you should expect the team to build on what we’ve done with Until Dawn, whether it’s in horror or in other genres. We’re already working on one thing that does that, whilst exploring other avenues for our other teams in anticipation of them finishing their current projects. We do talk internally about what Until Dawn 2 could be, as it clearly can’t be a sequel in the traditional sense, with the same characters facing the same threat, not least of which because in different stories some or all of them are already dead! We’ve investigated other ways we could do Until Dawn 2 but it probably is a little early to be discussing that.”
That doesn’t really tell us much though. He speaks of how it’s being discussed “internally” but doesn’t say that there are any current plans to move forward with Until Dawn 2.
The way Until Dawn was designed makes it seem that they can’t revisit the original game’s story. Most of the characters, if not all, are dead depending on how the game was played.
Will the creators choose one standard ending as a starting point for the sequel and continue from there? Or will they choose to do a prequel instead in order to expand on the mythology already established within the game? Another way that they could come back is to turn this title into an anthology. TV Executive Producer Ryan Murphy has already proved that this can be successfully done with the horror genre after his critically acclaimed TV series, American Horror Story, has been such a smash hit.
Do you think this game should get a sequel? Would you want to see some of the same cast return in a different setting and playing new characters à la American Horror Story? Or do you think a prequel would be the safer choice? One thing’s for sure, like the game’s intricate design of making choices that determine your character’s future, the creators of Until Dawn have a very difficult decision to make that could determine whether or not their game continues to be successful.
Until Dawn is now available in stores and is only for Playstation 4.