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WW1 horror Amnesia: The Bunker out May 16th

A dark descent to the past

Last month, Frictional Games announced that their hit horror series would return with Amnesia: The Bunker, taking their signature scares back to the first World War. We now know that the game is releasing on May 16th for PC and consoles.

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The Bunker follows Henri Clement, a French soldier who’s been separated from his battalion and trapped inside the twisting, titular war bunker. At least he’s not completely alone… a mysterious, deadly monster is trapped in there with him and I’m sure it’ll all work out fine. Apart from the WWI dressing, Amnesia: The Bunker looks to have everything you’d expect from the series: a creepy setting, a menacing stalker, and lots of puzzling to do.

This is Amnesia’s first foray into a sandbox setting with some unscripted elements, where objects, threats, and resources change in every playthrough. I’m sure this will keep things fresh for replays, but I can imagine respawns are a little less forgiving when you don’t know what to expect. New tools are also making an appearance like an old-school pocket watch and a divisive handgun that can be spotted in the announcement trailer. Frictional Games have also been releasing short clips over on their YouTube channel, showing off some of the environments, physics-based puzzles and more, if you want a few extra glimpses.

The indie horror series has been wildly influential since its debut, and for good reason. AliceB decided to save Amnesia: The Dark Descent for the 2010 RPS Time Capsule, arguing that “We can’t deprive future generations the chance to be trapped in a flooded dungeon, leaping desperately from box to floating box.”

Amnesia: The Bunker stalks its way to Steam and The Epic Games Store on May 16th. It’ll also be released on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

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