Will Byles, the director behind teen horror classics Until Dawn and The Quarry, has teased that his next project may deviate from the genre he’s best known for, and that it will likely launch around 2025/26.
Speaking with VGC, Byles revealed that he still plans on creating narrative-based adventures, and that the next project at Supermassive Games will be planted firmly in the horror genre as expected. However, that may not necessarily mean it’ll be rooted in teen horror.
I do like the luxury of being able to really explore characters and you get that with a longer story. It annoys some people, because they get bored with it, but I really like the fact you can go in-depth with the characters and explore relationships in a way that’s harder on a shorter story.
We’ve started working on [the next game]. I can’t really tell you very much at all about it, but we have started. Again, it’s the same sort of horror genre, we’re sticking to that. It’s equivalent in size to The Quarry… and that’s about as much as I can say without giving too much away.
Potentially we might be a little bit like… I don’t know how far we can stretch the teen horror thing out further, because especially when we try to stir it up, the number of surprises you can add to that becomes limited.
When quizzed if we’ll have to wait a fair amount of time until the new game (players had to wait seven years for The Quarry to arrive following Until Dawn), Byles replied that won’t be the cease:
No, it certainly won’t be the seven years it took between Until Dawn. It will be 2025, or maybe 2026.
The Quarry was released in June 2022 for PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One. You can read our full verdict on the teen slasher here.
Meanwhile, the next instalment in Supermassive Games’ The Dark Pictures Anthology, The Devil In Me, is pencilled in for release on November 18, 2022.