Posts Tagged ‘frictional games’

Dear Esther Devs Making Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

This little piggy had none

As it was rumoured, so it shall be. Dear Esther’s lead writer, Dan Pinchbeck, has revealed to Joystiq that thechineseroom are working on A Machine For Pigs, set in Amnesia’s world, although it won’t be a direct sequel to the dimly lit descent. It will, however, star a wealthy industrialist called Daniel Plainview Oswald Mandus, who returns from an ill-fated trip to Mexico in 1899 and finds that his body is plagued with fever and his mind is plagued with nightmares that revolve around an ominous machine. Possibly for pigs. Probably not some sort of mechanical pig disco and daycare centre.

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Frictional Teases Next Amnesia

Boo! No, nothing? Y U NO SCARED?
Trouser-colour troublers Frictional Games, makers of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, have dramatically unveiled a website for their next game, pulling aside a metaphorical curtain, making thunder noises with their mouths and flicking the lights on and off. Scared? Nope? You’re just made of steel, aren’t you? I’d have thought a website with a blurry image with the word “Amnesia” on it in scary script and a link to a Google Map of China (click the image, if you dare) would have made you curl up into a ball. So what is going on? Well, I’m afraid I know as much as you do, apart from the two little more bits of information contained below this terrifying jump. Dare you? Mwahahaha…
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Amnesia Nearing 200k Units Sold

Amnesia might put a chill into the heart of many gamers, but it has nonetheless generated a rather heart-warming story for its developers. With nearly 200,000 units sold, the team are now hoping that that their minds haven’t actually been eroded by a Lovecraftian monster: “This is a tremendous amount and more than we ever thought we would. Our “dream estimates” before release was something around 100k, and to be able to double that feels insane,” says the latest blogpost. It also says: “The sales that we have had (and are having) are more than enough to motivate developing a game with the PC as the main (and even only) platform. Based on what we have seen, the online PC market is just getting bigger and bigger, and we are convinced we are far from the end of this growth. We think that other developers that consider making their game exclusive to a console might want to think again.”

There’s much more through the link.

Unforgettable: Amnesia SFX Makeitude


Between finishing Amnesia and watching the final Twin Peaks episode, I had something of a nerve-racking day yesterday. Thankfully, Tom Chick at Fidgit has found a way to take the edge off the former. In short, he’s found Frictional’s footage of making various sound-effects in games. You’ll find it below…
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Wot I Think: Amnesia – The Dark Descent

Even the title screen's too dark for a good screenshot.

Frictional’s first full-length game, and a successor to their Penumbra series, comes out tomorrow. Amnesia is a combination of classic haunted castle horror with their unique first-person adventuring. Is it good? Is it scary? (Let me give you a clue: flipping yes, and oh good grief yes.) Read on to find out just exactly Wot it is that I Think.

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(For)Get This Now: Amnesia Demo

My money didn't go far in terms of finding a place to rent in London. At least it was relatively roomy.

SvDvorak was first with the news that in the lead up to its release on the 8th, the Amnesia: The Dark Descent demo is out there. Don’t look at it directly! Stay in the shadows! Be careful not to go insane! You can get the game on PC, beardy-PC or haircut-PC from any of these places. You should definitely give this a shot. I’ve only played a couple of hours of Amnesia and it’s already the scariest game of 2010. And new demo, complete with developer voice-over, shows off exactly what the physics allows…
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Never Forget: Amnesia Gold, Out Sept 8th

That's a fire-hazard, right there.

Exciting news for people being scared out of their tiny fucking wits. Frictional – the maker of the Penumbra games – have just finished their new game, Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It’ll be available on September 8th, from most of the direct download places or their own site. In short, story and atmosphere heavy first person game where you’re pretty much defenceless. Have a nose at Walker’s impressions of early code here. John is currently playing it for your edification, and I believe Quinns is reviewing it for Eurogamer, so expect to have their opinions emerge between now and then. In the mean time, here’s a Going-Gold-gameplay-footage trailer…
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Eurogamer: Amnesia Hands On

Well he's a fine looking fellow.

Amnesia, the new game from Frictional Games – they who brought us the Penumbra series – is due to be with us on the 8th September. I’ve had a play with the first third (of what must be a pretty big game), and have written up my thoughts for Eurogamer. It begins:

“I think a mark of quality in a game is whether you can return to a room you’ve previously been in, and know you were there earlier by the destruction you wrought. Amnesia, the new first-person adventure from Penumbra developers Frictional, does not paint rooms in the blood of your enemies, but rather in strewn desk drawers, boxes and broken glass.

And light.

Amnesia is looking to be an extremely dark game, but rather than offering you the opportunity to sneak silently in the welcoming shadows, here darkness is your enemy. It is the path to insanity.”

Read on.

Hold Me: Amnesia Sets Date With Spooks

Frictional Games’ new horror title, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, is probably going to give me nightmares. They seem to be celebrating this with a new trailer, which sets the release date for Sepetember 8th, and reminds us why we should be interested in the gloomy spookiness of their game design. Feel vaguely disconcerted, below. (Also, the main site reveals that they are definitely planning a demo, which sounds like a good idea to me.)
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Frictional’s Known Unknown

Unknown will feature windows. EXCLUSIVE.

Aw, man. This is a bit of shame. When we were doing our Unknown Pleasures Ultromegafeature in January we tried quite hard to get the Penumbra chaps Frictional Games to talk about what they were up to next. Alas, that slipped into February. Except now it gets worse, as they show footage of their game and the work-in-progress title is… Unknown. Man! That would have been too good. Anyway – first teaser footage beneath the cut.
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