The Quarry director says his next game will be “just as big” and could deviate from teen horror

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The director of Until Dawn and The Quarry has announced that he is working on another full-size horror title, which is tentatively scheduled for release in 2026.

Supermassive is known for its branching narrative adventures within the horror genre. Over the past decade, the BAFTA-winning UK studio has released both larger games (Until Dawn, The Quarry) and a number of smaller, episodic titles under the The Dark Pictures banner.

In a recent interview with VGC, Studio Director Will Byles – who has directed both of Supermassive’s major horror games – confirmed his intention to continue creating immersive narrative adventures in the same genre.

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“I like the luxury of being able to really explore characters, and that comes with a longer story,” he explained. “It bugs some people because they get bored with it, but I like the fact that you can delve deep into the characters and explore relationships in a way that’s more difficult with a shorter story.”

Regarding his next project, Byles said it would match in size with this year’s The Quarry – published by 2K – and suggested it might deviate from the teen horror explored in his last two releases.

“We’ve started working on it [the next game],” he said. “I can’t really tell you much about it, but we got started. Again, it’s the same kind of horror genre, we’re sticking with it. It’s the same size as The Quarry … and that’s all I can say , without giving too much away.”

He added, “Possibly we’re a little bit like… I don’t know how far we can stretch the teen horror thing because especially when we’re trying to mix it up it just increases the number of surprises you can add limited.

“The Dark Pictures explores hundreds of variants of the horror genre. What we’re seeing now, and I can’t tell you exactly what it is, is a bit of a distraction from that kind of standard, but it’s still very much classic horror.”

When asked if fans will have to wait the seven years that elapsed between Until Dawn and The Quarry to play the game, Byles stated that he plans on a much shorter turnaround of around four years. “No, it certainly won’t be the seven years that lasted between Until Dawn,” he said. “It will be 2025, or maybe 2026.”

Supermassive was recently fully acquired by Danish entertainment company Nordisk, and they claimed the sale will give them more ammunition to create their projects.

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Will Byles (centre) is working on a new horror project.

Proof of the studio’s growing prominence was this year’s The Quarry, which features a Hollywood cast including David Arquette (Scream), Ariel Winter (Modern Family), Justice Smith (Jurassic World), Brenda Song (Dollface), Lance Henriksen (Aliens ) and Lin Shaye (A Nightmare on Elm Street).

Noting that the company remains ambitious in sourcing acting talent, Byles said he believes it won’t be long before Hollywood’s biggest actors are leading video game casts.

“I don’t think that’s far away. It’s mostly about the number of days we have them for because it’s very expensive and it takes a long time to shoot. So that’s going to be a bit of a problem,” he explained. “Even if you get someone like Tom Cruise, that could be the budget of an entire game just for him. So that’s what matters.

“However, there’s an argument that these are companies and they need to make their money back, there’s a certain budget that if you go over that you can’t sell any more copies of the game unless Tom Cruise adds a few million added [by himself].”

He added: “We thought we were never going to get David Arquette. We push it. And now people are taking our calls in a way that used to be more difficult when it wasn’t a medium they didn’t understand. The younger ones have it a lot easier because they know this stuff.”

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