'And Darkness Descended' is an ingenious marketing ploy meant to marry the most revered visual medium with the most reviled visual art: theater and video games, respectively.
Developed by Insomniac Games, Resistance 3 is the final instalment in the science-fiction franchise that helped launch and maintain the Playstation 3 platform. In tandem with Sony and theater production company Punchdrunk, Insomniac games is preparing to show off 'And Darkness Descended,' an interactive play based on the first-person shooter. Beginning September 1 and running until September 4, this interactive production will force audience members to cooperate to defeat the sinister alien invaders.
As improvisation is a big part of Punchdrunk's productions, this one will be no exception -- the audience will have to outfox the Chimera aliens, who have already killed 90 percent of humanity. If anything, this will prove to be a subtle, yet powerful means of introducing the IP to newcomers and theater-goers.