Atari bringing two of the oldest horror videogames in history back to life

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Aug 20, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT

Good news, classic horror fans — two of the original videogame scare-fests from yesteryear are coming back to life this fall.

The new-look Atari has announced plans to release new versions of both Haunted House and Alone in the Dark, two decades-old horror game franchises with a boatload of name cachet but little in the realm of recent successes.

New versions of both franchises are set to hit shelves this fall for PC, and some footage and gameplay demos will be on display at PAX Prime on Aug. 29-31. Our expectations are admittedly low, since we don’t know much else, but it’s awesome to hear these two games will at least get another shot to scare a whole new generation of gamers.

Haunted House was first released in 1982 on the Atari 2600. Sure, it was admittedly pretty primitive, but the game tasked the player with navigating their way out of a haunted house by dodging ghosts, bats and spiders. The pitch leaves a lot of room for interpretation, and we’re curious where Atari will take it.

Alone in the Dark is a bit younger, as it originally debuted on PC in 1992, but the original version was a legit horror classic. The original game is a period-set 1920s ghost story, with the player looking into haunted artifacts and locales in subsequent sequels. Recent reboots have not been kind to the franchise, and the latest iteration in 2008 was essentially terrible. Oh, and we won’t even mention that atrocious Alone in the Dark film that stumbled out in 2005.

What would you like to see from these long-awaited reboots once they finally arrive?

(Via IGN)