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Written by Hayden Dingman, @haydencd
I know we’re reviewing games that are fairly old in this column, but I still don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who went out and purchased Penumbra: Overture after my last review (here). Therefore, consider this your standard spoiler warning—there be spoilers for the end of Penumbra: Overture ahead.
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.
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?
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.
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