Frictional Games has confirmed that Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs has been pushed back to the “end of summer.” “We are working away as fast as we can, it has to take the time it takes.” they wrote on their blog. “There are companies working on the translations (will launch with 9 languages in addition to original English). The porting guys are porting away. Deals are being made. Things are prepared for launching the game through more online stores than any other FG game before. In general occupied with all things related.”
So no A Machine for Pigs for a few more months. They haven’t set an exact launch date yet, but it’s good to know they’re focused on getting it out when it’s done, rather than rushing it out when it isn’t ready. I wouldn’t expect anything less from them. You can look forward to watching me (try to) play it when it releases. Until then, enjoy some Kraven Manor.
Thechineseroom’s swine-themed follow-up to The Dark Descent is one of my most anticipated games of the year, horror or otherwise. It looks incredible, some might even say absolutely terrifying, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at this new batch of screenshots. They’re insanely dark. I can’t tell what’s going on in most of them, but it’s another look at A Machine for Pigs, so can we really complain?
I don’t know if you’ve noticed this already, but this is an incredibly exciting time to be a horror fan. There are more new horror releases now than there’s ever been. We’ve seen multiple entries in franchises like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, as well as a slew of quality indie horror games from devs like Frictional Games (Amnesia), Blue Isle (Slender: The Arrival), and Red Barrels (Outlast), among others. Perhaps what’s most exciting about this recent surge of popularity the genre’s seeing are the hints at where it’s headed next.
Five years ago action horror was the thing. As popular series like Resident Evil (RE4-5) and Silent Hill (Homecoming) strayed away from their survival horror roots and newcomers like Dead Space and Left 4 Dead saw great success, for a while it looked like the final nails were being hammered into the beloved subgenre’s coffin. Don’t get me wrong, action horror is still big now, but after the relative failures of Resident Evil 6 and Dead Space 3, I no longer see it becoming the norm. Between games like the six I have waiting for you after the break, it looks like survival horror is coming back, and this time it’s returning in a far more terrifying form.
Frictional Games’s Jens Nilsson posted an update on the status of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs early this week, giving us an idea of when we can expect to see the hugely anticipated sequel. Developer thechineseroom has sent Frictional the final build, bringing it one step closer to release. “Some work is still left to be done. We are testing, tweaking, optimizing, porting, translating and all those things that are part of the process of creating and releasing a game. Currently we are looking at a release around Q2 2013.” Nilsson said. Q2 spans April-June, a time of the year that’s usually pretty barren when it comes to new releases. More after the jump.
Of the myriad horror games releasing next year, few have as high expectations from fans as the follow-up to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a game that’s considered by many to be one of the scariest of all time. It’s a terrifying game, so A Machine for Pigs has a fairly high bar to reach. Thankfully, it’s being developed by Frictional Games, the makers of the original game, and Dear Esther developer thechineseroom, so the talent’s certainly there.
So far, we haven’t really had the opportunity to get a good look at this game, but that’s only because they were saving it for today. What better time to sit down with an intensely scary gameplay trailer than Halloween? Check it out after the break.
I’ve dedicated my life, or the last couple minutes of it anyway, to scouring the internet in search of the most anticipated horror games coming out next year. Last night we discussed how great (or terrible, depending on who you are) this year has been for horror fans, so for those of you who aren’t satisfied with the many horror games of 2012, I dedicate this list to you.
For the most part, Frictional Games is still mum on any details regarding their next horror project, which may or may not take their aptitude for crafting intensely terrifying experiences to the deep blackness of space. They’re remaining hush hush so as not to take the focus away from their collaborative effort with thechineseroom on the highly anticipated follow-up to Amnesia: The Dark Descent. A Machine for Pigs doesn’t release until early next year, so we have a while left to wait for any real details. Speaking with Now Gamer, Frictional’s Thomas Grip said He also said the studio’s next project will be “first person horror, that will take things deeper than what Amnesia did and have a more consistent theme.” He also said “It will not be totally different from Amnesia/Penumbra, but I think it is a quite big evolutionary leap and we try a few things we have not really touched upon before.” Sounds exciting.
What would you like to see next from Frictional Games, and do you like the idea of their potentially moving into Dead Space territory?
Finally, we can see what’s been going on with Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. Frictional Games, who created the The Dark Descent–widely considered to be one of the scariest games of all time (and I have a week’s worth of nightmares and soiled undergarments to prove that fact–isn’t handling development of its sequel. Instead, they’ve put it into the very capable hands of talented indie developer thechineseroom, the studio that brought us the fantastically eerie Dear Esther. I don’t want to keep you from your trailer any longer, so why don’t you click that little Read More button to check it out.
The Dark Descent is widely considered to be one of the most terrifying games of all time. Its powerful blend of pants-shittingly terrifying moments and a dense, foreboding atmosphere made it the most successful of Frictional Games’ arsenal of horror titles, both critically and commercially. With its upcoming sequel, dubbed A Machine For Pigs, Frictional didn’t have the manpower to get it done. That’s when they turned to indie horror developer thechineseroom — the team that gave us the deeply emotional Dear Esther — to make sure its sequel would live up to the astronomically high bar set by its predecessor.
In an interview with Gamasutra, thechineseroom’s Dan Pinchbeck discussed the game and what his team is doing to live up to fans’ expectations. Head past the break for more! READ MORE
It looks like Frictional Games was indeed teasing us with a sequel to Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The sequel is officially titled Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, and I think it deserves an honorable mention for strangest video game titles, next to Wild Woody and Spanky’s Quest (both real titles, by the way). The team is aiming for a pre-Halloween release this year on the PC (with Mac and Linux versions coming soon after).
As for the bizarre title? Fuck if I know, but in case you’re looking for a little context, a line from the script was offered during the Joystiq interview that reads “This world is a machine fit only for pigs. Fit for the slaughtering of pigs.” Head past the break for more info! READ MORE