Frictional Games has announced it will be returning to the Amnesia series this year with Amnesia: Rebirth, and it’s coming this fall to PC and PlayStation 4.
While it’s not the only sequel to the original Amnesia: The Dark Descent, it is the first game developed in-house by Frictional Games in 10 years. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs was published by Frictional, but developed by Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture studio The Chinese Room.
Rebirth will take place in the same universe, but feature a new setting, new protagonist named Tasi Trianon, and new mechanics. While the game will still fit nicely in the horror genre, Creative Director Thomas Grip says the team’s plan is to lean more into something emotionally draining as opposed to just jump scare after jump scare.
[via PlayStation Blog]
“As you might expect from a Frictional game, we’re not simply going for a carnival attraction of jumpscares,” Grip said. “Amnesia: Rebirth is an emotionally harrowing journey — something different, something less predictable. It will test you in ways you haven’t experienced before, and will make you think about the things that really scare you.
“When Amnesia: The Dark Descent came out, we loved to hear the player feedback that said people couldn’t get through the game because they were too scared to continue. But, these days, simple horror isn’t enough. We want to take you beyond horror and out the other side — and see whether you’ll stand the weight of what we put you through.”
Check out the announcement trailer here:
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While the game is currently only announced for PC and PlayStation 4, that doesn’t rule out that Rebirth will at some point come to Xbox One or even the Switch down the line. Both The Dark Descent and A Machine For Pigs had notably long port roll out. While both of those launched on PC in 2010 and 2013 respectively, neither saw a release on console until 2016 on PlayStation 4. The Xbox One versions followed two years later in 2018, and the Switch only got both games in the last year. Plus, we do have two new consoles coming out this year, so an Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 version could easily make an appearance in the coming months when marketing for those is in full force.
Between the Amnesia games, Frictional Games also made Soma, which was also a horror game in its own right, but took on more of a science fiction setting and psychological twist than Amnesia has. While it also had monsters chasing you akin to the Amnesia series, Frictional eventually patched in an option to play a “Safe Mode” where monsters wouldn’t be able to kill you. This meant people could play without having to worry about dying and could freely explore its world. If I had to guess, Rebirth will probably not be getting one of those, as the feature’s been around for about three years in Soma and has never been added to the Amnesia games.