A plethora of information about the new-for-2010 coaster has been revealed.
The first big piece of news is that the ride will be named Thirteen. The name carries obvious connotations of bad luck and, to some degree, fear; one of the resort's Halloween mazes previously went by the name "Room 13".
The launch date for the £15 million coaster has also been announced, and as usual it coincides with the park's open season beginning on 20th March 2010.
The ride's theme and back-story have also been given, as follows:
"Thirteen will be based on the discovery of an unearthed ancient burial site in an area of unexplored woodland known as the Dark Forest. Built on the site of the old Corkscrew rollercoaster, visitors will be invited to take a petrifying ride on Thirteen, venturing into the seemingly living and breathing Dark Forest. There they will face an unknown horror that has been unleashed from the ancient crypt."
Intriguingly, although the park have been bolstering their family-based attraction line-up in recent years, Thirteen is being marketed as a terror-thrill ride, or "psychoaster" as they put it - a collaboration of the world's leading coaster and thrill consultants who have combined the ultimate elements of physical and psychological fear.
The technology behind Thirteen is what gives it its 'world first' status. In what is surely marketing bluster, the park say it "will potentially make the ride so frightening that the Resort is considering introducing a controversial age-rating." This is almost certainly a device to build hype for the ride, as opposed to a credible proposal.
John Wardley, who has worked with Alton Towers in the past to create Nemesis, Oblivion and Air, said: "This ground-breaking technology is something never seen before and will open up a whole new concept for theme park rides.
"By combining physical and psychological terror, Thirteen will be the first ride to play on emotional fear and something coaster fans will not be prepared for."
Other confirmed facts revealed today are: