If there's one thing we've come to learn about frequent horror-adventure collaborators Jonathan Boakes and Matt Clark over the years, it's to expect the unexpected (and conversely, to NOT expect the expected). This has proven true once again, as instead of news about the long-awaited Bracken Tor comes the surprise announcement of Barrow Hill: The Dark Path, coming to Steam in "a few days".
With the original Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle celebrating its 10th year anniversary, the new game will a "dedicated sequel" that takes players back to the same setting in time for this year's Autumn Equinox. Like its predecessor, The Dark Path brings Celtic myth to the modern era, this time as "an ancient Bronze Age deity is let loose upon the Cornish landscape." When the tomb of a "shamanic, mythical creature" called Baiban is disturbed by archeologists, the angered Baiban "won't rest until she finds what is rightfully hers, no matter what the cost. Lives are at stake, including your own, during an endless night of Pagan ritual and Celtic ceremony."
Returning players will find a decade has passed in the game world as well, so the "Service Station and Motel have been slowly dragged back into the woods, as nature reclaims the old site." The locals have been afraid to visit Barrow Hill since the terrifying events of the first game, but lately there have been rumours of "rituals and ceremonies at the derelict motor garage." So it's up to you to discover the truth, with help once again from "kooky amateur late-night DJ Emma Harry", who is worried about her teen friend Mia. Mia's brother Ben was among those who disappeared ten years earlier, and now she herself is acting strangely, causing Emma to worry that history may be repeating itself.
The obvious question for many longsuffering series fans will be "how long will we have to wait for THIS game?!" The good news is that it's not long at all, as both the original Barrow Hill and The Dark Path are due for Steam release on September 22nd. At least, that's what we're being told to expect.
To learn more about the game, visit the official website for additional details.