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Alone in the Dark Illumination was undoubtedly one of the worst games of 2015. The game’s review average is decidedly negative, with few positive or even mixed reviews. Atari doesn’t exactly have a good track record lately with their video game releases. Well, despite the fact that no one was playing the game on the day of launch, Atari has apparently released a new summer update for Alone in the Dark: Illumination, releasing a trailer that you can see below.

The Summer 2016 update has a variety of features, which are attempting to fix some of the major criticisms of the game. These updates include:

  • Reworked Missions and objectives: Allowing for more variety regarding monster placement on the map, in an attempt to make things more challenging, as knowing where enemies were coming made the game a little bit too easy.
  • Updated Story Elements: They redefined the narrative delivery and added voice-overs to the game. Ok, that’s nice to see.
  • New Monster Types: Tougher Goblin Brute was shown in the trailer, looking like he’s got some explosive element to them, and they’ve “tweaked” monster behavior and animations.  This includes the goblin a shoulder ram attack,  the demon firing an arcing projectile, and letting the Hellhound teleport now. Several changes were made regarding creatures and damage mechanics regarding them being in the light or not, and they added a kamikaze effect to the exploding shapes. 
  • Improved Player Abilities: The witch gets a new fireball, and the hunter gets some different weapons. Each class gets “meaningful” changes. New skill tree progression, and a “smoother pace to level advancement”.

The update is live as of now, and there is more content coming soon to the game. That’s not saying much because the original release didn’t exactly have a lot of good to talk about.

Quick Take


Why will Atari not let a series die? Why must we see franchises of old become living zombies in front of us? Why must they become horribly disfigured monsters that are a shell of their former selves? I can’t even begin to describe how bad Alone in the Dark: Illumination is. It’s one of the worst games I’ve ever covered on YouTube and my God,  does it show at almost every level.  Who is this update even for? Steam charts listed the last 30 days as an average player count of 0.4. NOT EVEN ONE PERSON.  Atari, just let it die. Let it die.

Shaun Joy

Staff Writer

YouTuber Dragnix who plays way too many games, and has a degree in Software Engineering. A Focus on disclosure on Youtubers, and gaming coverage in general.