Frictional Games has announced that Amnesia: Rebirth will be coming to PC and PlayStation 4 on October 20.
The sequel is the third game in the survival horror series, but the second made by original developer Frictional, which started the series with Amnesia: The Dark Descent in 2010. After the success of the original, a sequel was developed by The Chinese Room called Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, so this will mark Frictional Games’ return to the franchise a decade after it began.
In a post on the studio’s website, Frictional explained how the game was originally meant to be much smaller in scale and was going to be released in 2017 or 2018. However, as the game grew in size and those years passed by, Amnesia: Rebirth is finally coming out ten years removed from the original.
When we first started on Amnesia: Rebirth, the idea was to work on a fairly straightforward and simple project. Our first plan had the game being released in 2017 or 2018. Obviously, that didn’t happen.
Instead the game grew in size and ambition. It went from being a game with a small scope to being the biggest and most ambitious game we have produced to date. Why so? The main reason is that as we worked on the game, we realized that we couldn’t make our own sequel to The Dark Descent a mere “side-project”. We wanted to make sure we incorporated all the lessons that we’d learned over the years and to expand on the loose threads from the first game.
The past 10 years has also seen a flood of new horror games, and we wouldn’t allow a new Amnesia game to simply be lost in the crowd. It had to stand out and to pave new ground. We couldn’t allow it to be anything less.
This sort of change in scope wasn’t without issues, especially as we were working on another, currently secret, project at the same time. But, finally, we got through it, and created a game of the quality we wanted. We’ve got to be honest, though: it took longer than we expected. So, to finally have an official release date nailed down feels damn good.
Alongside the release date announcement, Frictional Games released a new trailer, which you can view below:
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Frictional Games also said in its blog post that Amnesia: Rebirth is being developed alongside another, currently unannounced game, but stopped short of saying any specifics about what this other project entailed. In the time between both of its Amnesia games, Frictional released Soma, a first-person survival horror game that took a significantly more science fiction approach than the studio’s other projects. So it’s probable that this unannounced game will be another take on first-person survival horror, but it’s also possible Frictional Games wants to try something new with whatever it’s got cooking up.