Until Dawn – Everything You Need to Know

Zarmena Khan

Until Dawn is a survival horror adventure brought to us by Supermassive Games exclusively for the PlayStation 4. Admittedly, the game hasn’t seen a lot of media coverage like other AAA titles but don’t fret too much as we’ve got a few previews for you to read and an upcoming review.

Although Supermassive has a history of working with Sony, Until Dawn is the developer’s most ambitious project to date. The game stars a strong cast, and includes some unique features like the “Butterfly Effect” to set it apart from other titles in the genre. As usual, we’ve compiled all the important information about the game in one place. Flip through the gallery below for everything you need to know about Until Dawn.

Until Dawn

A PlayStation Move Title

Announced during gamescom 2012, Until Dawn was originally a PlayStation Move title for the PS3. The story revolves around a group of friends on vacation who end up being stalked and attacked by a masked serial killer. As the protagonist, players will be facing a series of difficult decisions that determine what lays ahead for everyone.

Fun fact: at the time of the game's announcement, there were no plans for DualShock support.

Disappearance and Reappearance

Until Dawn almost disappeared from the scene following its announcement and throughout 2013, Supermassive found itself dispelling reports of the game's cancellation. Following some rumors and teasers in early 2014, the game reappeared at gamescom 2014 as a PS4 exclusive title.

Click here to see some creepy gameplay footage from gamescom 2014.


With the switch to PS4 came a few changes as well. An overwhelming amount of people weren't happy about Until Dawn being a PS Move title, resulting in Supermassive making the decision to allow the game to be played with a DualShock controller. However, with the PS4 being out at the time, the developer made the decision to go next-gen as opposed to making the change on the PS3.

For the visuals, Supermassive opted to use an updated version of the Killzone: Shadow Fall engine for "some amazing, cutting-edge facial animation, lighting and audio techniques to give compelling character performances in our creepy and realistic environments.”

Multiple Endings/No Restarts

Until Dawn is around nine hours long, but don't let the game's estimated length fool you. According to Supermassive, the title comes with hundreds of endings and is designed to be played multiple times utilizing the "Butterfly Effect." The game prevents players from restarting to change their decisions, especially since they can have heavy consequences later on and will influence other characters' fates.

The Butterfly Effect

One of the most interesting features of Until Dawn is the Butterfly Effect system, which will present players with some really difficult decisions to make, the consequences of which might not be apparent right away but can transpire through surprising twists and turns later on. According to the developer, players won't know what impact their choices will have until after they've been made.

For more on the Butterfly Effect, watch this video. Sony also recently released another trailer that highlights how every decision players make can change their fate.

The Cast

Until Dawn's cast includes:

Hayden Panettiere
Peter Stormare
Brett Dalton
Rami Malek
Galadriel Stineman
Noah Fleiss
Jordan Fisher
Nichole Bloom
Meaghan Martin
Ella Lentini
Larry Fessenden
Summer Bills
Brian McGuinness

Spook Yourself Out

Still not convinced? How about this trailer that shows what can happen as a result of your decisions, or this disturbing footage from last year's Game Awards?

I don't know about you, but the Valentine's Day 2015 trailer certainly made my heart race!

Gameplay/Demo (Spoiler Alert)

Those who aren't worried about potential spoilers and can't seem to get enough by watching the trailers should check out this PSX 2014 demo and/or this 20-minute gameplay footage.

Experience It Yourself

As if the previous trailers weren't enough, Sony recently released an interactive trailer that teases the kind of choices we'll be faced with in Until Dawn. Click here to experience it yourself!

The Director of Choices, Torben, said that the trailer is inspired by in-game scenarios. Players will carry "full responsibility" for the decisions they make.


Worried about the lack of media coverage apart from trailers? We've got several previews for you to go through.

PSLS' Heath was still scared of the game a week after he played it at Tokyo Game Show 2014, Chandler had a blast with it at PlayStation Experience 2014 and noted that it somewhat felt like a Quantic Dream title, and more recently, Anthony got his hands on the game during E3 2015, which according to him is shaping up to be something quite unique.

Pre-Order Bonus

Those who pre-order Until Dawn will receive a special bonus scene for free. As Supermassive explains, “This exclusive scene sees Matt and Emily, a new couple, out on the mountain – but it’s not long until they start to suspect they aren’t alone.”

In Europe, Until Dawn will be available in three different editions: standard edition, extended edition, and the steelbook edition. For a list of countries that will receive the extended and steelbook editions, click here.

Until Dawn went gold in July so rest assured, it's coming next week!

Until Dawn is scheduled for release on August 25. Stay tuned for our review, which will be published soon.

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