By Nathan Grayson on August 19th, 2013 at 8:00 am.
How long have we been waiting for Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs now? Has it been years? Decades? Centuries? Eons? I forget. Perhaps it’s because I HAVE AMNESIA. No, no, that’s not actually true. I just don’t feel like looking it up. But today is a good day, because there’s finally a dim, ominously flickering light at the end of the tunnel. Though the machine might be intended for pigs, we’ll be able to wrap our non-cloven hands around it early next month.
Thechineseroom screamed its happy message into the Internet’s favorite word-stuffed Thanksgiving bird: Twitter. “So, the secret is out- Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is set for release on 10th September! Can’t wait for all you little piggies to play it,” said the Dear Esther developer.
That rings especially true in light of the fact that A Machine For Pigs has gone from side-story to full-on indirect sequel over the course of its development. I spoke with Dear Esther/Machine creative director Dan Pinchbeck earlier this year, and he explained the situation using some very exciting words:
“It was last summer when we realized we could make it into something much [bigger]. Not just small-scale. Maybe 13 or 14 levels and a really strong story arc. If we had that extra time, we could invest even more into things like the art and music and really push the production values hard as well.”
“I think this has ended up more of a natural successor to Dark Descent than we ever thought it’d be. Originally, we thought it’d be this halfway point between Dark Descent and Esther, but in a lot of ways, it’s much more like Dark Descent.”
I like the sound of that. I like it very much. Also, it’s worth noting that creeptastic knee-knocker Outlast is coming out just a week before Amnesia. I’m barring my windows, bolting my doors, and buying 47 crisscrossing spotlights in excitement.