The beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination will open tomorrow for those who’ve plonked their money down.

This initial beta period will offer players a chance to explore the first environment (the Coal Mines) in single-player, as the Hunter. The full version will offer co-op multiplayer with four classes – the Hunter, the Witch, the Priest, and the Engineer – and, obviously, multiple environments.

All of which is probably making you think “that doesn’t sound very Alone, let alone very Alone in the Dark“, and you’d probably be right. What I’ve seen looks quite a lot like a third-person shooter, which is a bit worrying. It… might turn out to be good? Maybe?

Yeah, I don’t know either. There’s a second beta phase planned before launch, which I suspect will feature some sort of co-op.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination is due out in spring 2015, priced at $29.99, while the first beta phase opens on 29 January (tomorrow) for those who’ve pre-ordered.

Tim McDonald
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he's willing to admit. He's written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion - in all its various incarnations - for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He's also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man's only professional games journalist.

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