Until Dawn was arguably one of the best horror games during its time of release (spicy take, we know) and was massively underrated for its perfect blend of campy horror and pure terror. The ending itself left off on a pretty hefty plot twist, making fans of the horror take eager for a new adventure. Unfortunately, that doesn't look like it's going to be the case anytime soon, and the studio behind the adventure has finally explained why.
While Supermassive Games continues on with their work for Man of Medan, CEO Pete Samuels opened up in a new interview about why an Until Dawn 2 has been shelved. According to Samuels, "After Until Dawn, [many] started to request a sequel, and it still happens today, so we know there is a fanbase that likes this kind of thing. A lot of [creating the anthology] is about our desire to serve that fanbase from our perspective and to serve us ourselves in what we love to do, which is do more stories and characters, and do it more frequently than one or two every few years."
He added, "If we were making sequels, we don't know who survived. I mean we could probably work it out from your game save, but we don't want to make a sequel to that. We want to make a different story with different people."
It makes sense, though. This game was very finicky about choice and not responding to the QTEs fast enough could kill a character in an instant. The first time I played I had a 70% survival rate for my crew. The second time I played, almost everyone died (whoops), and the third time I finally managed to have everyone make it out that could be saved. That alone shows how many variables there would need to be considered.
Of course, they could go the Mass Effect route where they offer an add-on at the beginning as a "story thus far" segment with input-capable choices, but it looks like that's not something that is currently on the table.
It's sad to see because the first one was very underrated, but you never know where the future may lead. As for the first Until Dawn, it's available now exclusively on PlayStation 4.