Supermassive Games has unveiled The Quarry, its latest interactive horror story, and we’re just dying to sink our teeth into it.
The developer already released a teaser trailer though, as reported by VGC, an eagle-eyed Twitter user got wind of the title back in February. The teaser trailer was, as you’d expect for a teaser, rather vague but, just a day later, Supermassive has released a full trailer and spilled the beans about just what we can expect from The Quarry (published by 2K Games).
Be warned, we’re going to be diving into both the trailer for The Quarry and the other information Supermassive has divulged. So if you prefer to go into games blind, you should skip out right now. Still here? Then, without further ado, here are ten things we now know about The Quarry.
The Quarry, dubbed a “teen horror” takes place in a summer camp
The protagonists are camp counsellors who’ve just finished their stint at the Hackett’s Quarry summer camp and have waved goodbye to the children. The owner of the camp, Chris, is nervous about getting the counsellors out by sundown, so he clearly knows something.
It’s a spiritual successor to Until Dawn
Before it kicked off The Dark Pictures series, Supermassive created the excellent Until Dawn. The Quarry isn’t part of The Dark Pictures anthology and, going by its £60+ price tag (compared to The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan’s £24.99), it’ll be a bigger game. House of Ashes can be finished (once through) in under three hours, while Until Dawn typically takes at least six and a half hours.
The game’s name has two meanings
Yes, a quarry is a place where stone is excavated, in this case Hackett’s Quarry, but it’s also “an animal pursued by a hunter, hound, predatory mammal, or bird of prey”. It’s clear that the game’s hapless protagonists are going to become the hunted.
There are fifteen characters
Not all of them will be playable, but the characters (who are listed here) include budding veterinarian Laura, teen hearthrob Nick and definitely-not-a-werewolf Jedediah.
There are almost certainly werewolves
Admittedly, Supermassive hasn’t confirmed this but we’re 99% sure that, as we earlier theorised, the antagonists are werewolves. The summer camp gives us Friday the 13th vibes but Until Dawn already did the whole lone masked slasher thing, so you can rule that out. There’s a hard-to-miss full moon on display in the trailer, and you clearly hear a low wolf or dog-like growl.
However, Supermassive state that the teens will be “hunted by blood-drenched locals and something far more sinister,” so it’s conceivable that the locals aren’t the werewolves. That would certainly be in line with the plot-twist Until Dawn pulled.
Everyone of the playable characters can die
One cool, if slightly sadistic, thing about Until Dawn was that you could have everyone die. That’s not the case with all The Dark Pictures games, but here it’s possible no-one will survive. And, on your first few runs, you can expect at least some characters to snuff it.
You have to survive until sunrise
Yes, in order to “win” your characters you have to keep them alive… until dawn.
The Quarry has a star cast
We wouldn’t really describe The Quarry’s cast as A-listers, but you’ll have heard of at least half of them. To name just a few, camp owner Chris is played by Scream actor David Arquette, Modern Family’s Ariel Winter is artist Abigail, Lance Henricksen is potential antagonist Jedediah and Detective Pikachu’s Justice Smith is Ryan, who leans “into the whole brooding, handsome loner thing.”
If you pre-order the game you’ll get extra visual filters
Pre-ordering the game nets you the “Horror History Visual Filter” pack, which applies VHS style screen filters and so forth to the game.
You can play with up to seven other players in online mode or couch co-op
As with The Dark Pictures games, you can share the action and watch other people’s terrible, terrible decisions get characters into trouble.
You can watch the game like a movie
If you so choose, you can sit back and watch the whole game unfold as a movie. We’re curious to see whether, stripped of its interactivity, The Quarry’s story holds up.
We have a few other Quarry-related suspicions, which we can’t currently confirm. For example, at the end of the trailer a voice says “Hello, my friend, welcome to the show”, suggesting there maybe someone who, in the vein of Until Dawn’s Dr. Hill and The Dark Pictures’ Curator, “guides” you through the game. But we’ll have to wait for the next trailer, or even the final game, to find out.
The Quarry will be released this June 10th on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. Digitally, it’s priced at £64.99 on Xbox, which will net you the Xbox One and, via Smart Delivery, the Xbox Series X version. It’s £59.99 for the PlayStation 4 version, £64.99 for the PlayStation 5 version and £54.99 for the PC version.
However, you can also purchase a Deluxe Version which includes an “80s-themed character outfits (available post-launch, see below), instant access to the Death Rewind system, Gorefest Movie Mode option, and Horror History Visual Filter Pack.” That’s £74.99 on Xbox and PlayStation (which includes both PS4 and PS5 versions) and £64.99 on PC via Steam.
You’ll be able to pick up a boxed version of The Quarry from GameStop, Game and so forth (Amazon have yet to list it). You can also purchase a copy from the 2K store here.