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? READ MORE
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. READ MORE
That’s a tall order, comparing Red Barrels’ upcoming survival horror game Outlast to what many consider to be the scariest game of all time. Sadly, we weren’t able to attend PAX this year, even though we really, really wanted to. That means we missed out on the first public demo for Outlast, a game that aims to continue the increasingly popular trend of throwing the player in a dangerous environment unarmed. More horror games are taking this idea and running with it, including Daylight, Slender: The Arrival, Huntsman: The Orphanage, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and so many more.
That’s not the only trend I noticed. Of the sites that were able to get their hands on the game, many of them compared Outlast to Amnesia: The Dark Descent — some even going so far as to say it’s even scarier. More after the break. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
We gamers put ourselves through a lot, and we do so in the name of fun. We tell ourselves t”his is entertainment,” before we open that creaky door and enter a room to fight a gargantuan living mass of bone and jagged metal with nothing but a pipe and a prayer. I’ve been a gamer for most of my life, and over the years I’ve seen some truly horrifying things. When a stranger asks me about my escape from Raccoon City, my vacation in Silent Hill, or my time aboard the USG Ishimura, I answer them with a thoughtful silence and a thousand yard stare. It’s the only way.
If you’re reading this then you undoubtedly have tales to tell and therapy sessions to endure, so let’s get this started with a look back at six more horrifying moments in video games. READ MORE
It’s that time of the year again, folks! I hope you aren’t too tired from all the egg nogging, snowman crafting, slay bell jingling, and sloppy mistletoe kissing you undoubtedly put yourself through last month, because we have some voting to do. For the unfamiliar, the FEAR Awards is something we started here at Bloody Disgusting back in 2009 when we realized there are a ton of best and worst games lists and awards, but none that gave much attention to the horror genre. We decided to create this so we could celebrate the many horror (and horror adjacent) games that release every year.
This year we’re doing things a little differently. Every day we’re going to post a category and a batch of nominees for you to vote on, then when the votes are tallied we’ll reveal the results. Today we’re asking which horror game that’s releasing this year has you the most excited — vote after the break! READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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? READ MORE
Frictional Games’ Amnesia: The Dark Descent, often referred to as one of the scariest games of all time, is continuing to sell extremely well. Two years after its release and sales of the game have surpasses one million, and it continues to sell over 10,000 units a month. For a survival horror game developed by a small studio in an age where we’re constantly hearing how the “survival horror genre is dead,” that’s pretty damn impressive. Frictional’s next game will be another first person horror title, though outside of its painfully distant 2014 release window, it’s still largely under wraps. The studio is also publishing Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, which is currently being developed by Dear Esther developer thechineseroom.
Frictional also teased the direction they’re going with their next horror project, “One of the things I was most disappointed with in Amnesia was that it never really managed to deliver any deeper themes, but was more like a shallow fright-fest. For the new project we want to change that and really try and bring a certain theme to the front. Our hope is that this will create a very special experience, creating horror in a much more disturbing way.” they posted on their blog. So this will be more disturbing than Amnesia? I’d very much like to see that. READ MORE
As a whole, I really wasn’t that impressed with E3 this year. I expected a lack of any real jaw-dropping announcements and outside of incredible showings from Watch Dogs, Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us, my fears mostly came true. I did however, have hopes that horror games would have a bigger showing at the event, and other than the intriguing ZombiU, this year’s selection wasn’t all that satisfying. Here are the 13 horror games I really wanted to hear something from this year. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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
Anyone who played Amnesia: The Dark Descent is fully aware of how shit-out-your-spine terrifying that game is. I’ve played an unhealthy number of horror games in my time, and Amnesia easily ranks among the few that made me want to sleep with the lights on. Last September we reported on the developer’s next game, which would be another horror title for consoles. Now, thanks to a mysterious website called Next Frictional Game that comes with the Amnesia logo, it looks like that next game could be a sequel to one of the scariest games of all time.
What’s also interesting about this is when you click on the image on the website it directs you to a Google map of China. If this game does take place in China, it’d be the second horror game coming out this year to take us there — the other being Resident Evil 6. what do you think this game could be, and more importantly, what do you want it to be? READ MORE
The PSP2 has been unveiled and it’s looking like more than a worthy contender to the Nintendo 3DS. Its 5″ OLED touch screen, rear touch panels, Six Axis, 3G/Wifi functionality and snazzy look leaves little complaints to be had. Well, it is slightly larger than the PSP 3000 so I’m sure that’s disappointing to a few people, but other than that the future is looking bright for Sony’s next handheld.
Good looks and impressive tech will only get you so far though, so the NGP’s developer and publisher support will be crucial to its success. Lucky for us, if the list below shows how strong third party support for the console is. With companies that have major stakes in the horror genre included in the list (check out the full list after the jump) my head is buzzing with all the possible horror games we could see on the platform. Here are the most exciting games we’d like to see make it to the NGP. READ MORE
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a 1st person survival horror game being made for the PC and Mac. You will play as Daniel, who wakes up in an old creepy as hell castle, and barely remembers anything. You battle inner demons as well as outer as you explore the castle.
Frictional Games is manning the project, and for those who don’t know, they are the ones behind the Pnumbra game series. Another PC, creeptastic survival horror game. Past the break for screens. READ MORE