Amnesia developers Frictional Games teased a website entitled www.nextfrictionalgame.com over the weekend, featuring a whole lot of nothing except for a loading bar slowly increasing as the hours went on. Well, that bar has filled up to reveal...another tease in the form of some in-fiction text and a video of a woman fiddling about with an almost certainly evil big TV/computer thingy. The game seems to be called SOMA, and based on the font and the decor in that video, I'm picking up a serious SCP/sci-fi vibe.
It’s a sign of a good horror game when the mere act of holding down the W key to progress through the next hallway requires you to remind yourself “You’re not going to die. It’s okay. This isn’t real.” Such is the case with Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. But unlike its predecessor, the scares aren’t what make it so memorable and worth your time.
Don't adjust the gamma on your monitor—these screens from Frictional/thechineseroom's Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs are just as gloomy as the game itself. Appearing mysteriously on cross-media horror site Bloody Disgusting, they give us the first window we've had in a while to the foreboding, industrial landscape in the follow-up to 2010's The Dark Descent. Dim the lights, look closely, and you just might be able to smell the bacon. The mind-scarring, nightmarish bacon...
Frictional's Jens Nilsson has posted a status update on their horror sequel Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. Nilsson says the team have now received the final version of the game from The Chinese Room - the Dear Esther devs who have been handling the bulk of development duties. Frictional still need to tweak, test and translate the game, and expect to be ready for release by Q2 2013. That means we're due a flood of definitely not exaggerated YouTube reaction Let's Plays at some point this summer.
As reported earlier, The Chinese Room have released the latest trailer for Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, the follow-up to Frictional Games’ deeply unsettling Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Set in Victorian London, some sixty years after the events of the first game, Pigs isn’t a straight continuation of that story, but a wholly new tale set in the same universe. That doesn’t mean it won’t be looking to recapture the same sense of giddy terror that the Dark Descent induced in its hapless, cringing players, however. We got in touch with The Chinese Room’s boss-man and creator of Dear Esther, Dan Pinchbeck, to discover how the scares shake down.
Horror sequel, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, has a new and suitably unheimlich trailer, showing off the game's gloomy Victorian locales and the terrible contraptions which lie beneath them. A Machine For Pigs is the follow-up to Frictional Games' indie classic, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, though this time development is helmed by The Chinese Room, makers of Dear Esther. It's not a straight continuation from the last Amnesia game, either - the story takes place sixty years later, on the eve of the 20th century, and swaps the dank confines of the Prussian Brennenburg Castle for the smoggy streets of London.
The Chinese Room's Dan Pinchbeck also has a special request to make of viewers: "What we really need are some screams," he says. "We want fans to record themselves screaming, puking and freaking out. Tape it all, send it through to us, and we'll sift through it and the best stuff will end up going into a background mix for one of the levels."
Valve slipped on its best Mike Myers mask today and took a particularly large knife to the prices of Steam's stable of spooky-themed games in its Halloween Sale, a horde of 58 selections covering monsters, zombies, laughing clowns, mind-flaying fear, and many other scares.
The countdown on nextfrictionalgame.com has ended, treating us to an unsurprisingly eerie first trailer for Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. Check it out below, if you dare.
The studio behind Amnesia, Frictional Games, have been leading fans on the Frictional forums along a breadcrumb trail of clues over the last few days, a trail that leads to this announcement for A Machine of Pigs, due out in "FALL TWO THOUSAND TWELVE." The page also features the above bit of concept art, the last of a series of hints that suggests Dear Esther developers The Chinese Room may have some involvement with the project.
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