Amnesia: The Dark Descent

PC, MAC / Action Adventure / Release: Sep 8, 2010 / ESRB: M

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Soma trailer tours dark and horrible places

Soma trailer tours dark and horrible places

Our first peek at Frictional's Soma was more a hypothetical, showing off a carefully crafted snippet intended to capture the general dreadful feel of the game than any specific piece. A new trailer from the Amnesia creator's latest, however, gives a tour of some actual in-game environment, and yes, they are still terrible.

Watch: The trailer touring Upsilon »

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Soma live-action trailer teases another unusual artifact

Soma live-action trailer teases another unusual artifact

Amnesia: The Dark Descent creator Frictional Games isn't quite ready to talk about its new game Soma, but has released another live-action trailer to tease a little more unsettling sci-fi.

Following on from a weird computer which forsees your death, this time it's exploring a smashed-up robot which seems to believe it's a human--a duplicate of a man who's quite alive and well. It's all looking increasingly SCP Foundation-y.

Watch: The second live-action trailer »

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Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs squeals out on September 10

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs squeals out on September 10

Internet, you have 25 days left to giggle into your hands because, you guys, that beer/bowl/hat/car is made of bacon can you believe it! Come September 10, pork and flesh will become terrifying, as The Chinese Room has confirmed that's when Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs will finally launch.

Watch: Psst, hey, I think we are the pigs »

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent becomes a million seller

Amnesia: The Dark Descent becomes a million seller

When is a game too successful to be considered indie? Frictional Games' indie horror game, Amnesia: The Dark Descent has become a million seller.

Oddly, figuring out the exact sales numbers actually takes some work due to the game's inclusion in the Humble Indie Bundle and Potato Sack. Without accounting for these bundles, the game has managed to sell over 700K units. Admitting that a number of bundle purchasers likely own Amnesia already, Frictional's Thomas Grip calculates that the game could have sold almost 1.4 million units.

Read more: 'Take that investors!' »

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Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs' squealin' debut trailer

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs' squealin' debut trailer

Indie developer thechineseroom created a wonderful and lonely Hebridean island in Dear Esther, but how will it fare delving into unspeakable horrors with Amnesia creator Frictional for the indirect sequel Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs? Pretty jolly well, the first trailer shows.

Watch: The in-game teaser trailer »

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Humble Indie Bundle 5 launches: Psychonauts, Limbo, Amnesia and more

Humble Indie Bundle 5 launches: Psychonauts, Limbo, Amnesia and more

If you've been suffering indie game bundle fatigue, now that a new one launches almost every week, the latest Humble Bundle should perk you right back up. The 'pay what you want' Humble Indie Bundle V packs Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Limbo, Psychonauts, and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, plus, if you pay more than the average price, you get Bastion too.

Read more: Steam keys for all games »

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Amnesia dev: 'Little has evolved' in horror

Amnesia dev: 'Little has evolved' in horror

Frictional Games has been making horror games for many moons but really proved its chiller-chops with Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Co-founder Thomas Grip is a little disappointed in how slowly the genre's developed over the past decade, though, so he's laid out a list of his hopes for future horror games.

Read more: Making horror "so much more personal and intense" »

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Frictional teasing new Amnesia

Frictional teasing new Amnesia

Frictional Games seems to be working on a follow-up to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, if a teaser site is any indication. For the time being, we know nothing about the game except that it carries the "Amnesia" name, and has some kind of connection to China.

Read more: Final name undecided, but definitely Amnesia »

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent retrospective

Amnesia: The Dark Descent retrospective

In the midst of a blockbuster fall season, one indie title managed to stand out. Swedish developer Frictional Games' Amnesia: The Dark Descent is recognized as one of the few genuinely scary games ever made. While many survival horror games try to scare audiences with zombies and gore, Amnesia goes in a less-traveled direction, preying on a player’s sense of imagination. The game was a hit, racking up high scores from various critics, bringing home a number of awards at the 2011 Independent Games Festival – the "Excellence in Audio," "Technical Excellence," and the "Direct2Drive Vision Award" chief among them.

To commemorate the game’s anniversary, I spoke to Jens Nilsson for a one-year retrospective. Jens shared thoughts on Amnesia, the numerous mods that the game has inspired, and whether games (both indie and mainstream) are headed in more emotion-based direction.

Read more: Heading in a completely new direction »

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IGF 2012 submissions now open

IGF 2012 submissions now open

Submissions for the 2012 Independent Games Festival are now open! For those who need a refresher, IGF is the indie-focused competition featured at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco for the past thirteen years, with awards doled out in a ceremony directly preceding the Game Developers Choice awards.

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Shack PSA: Amnesia free on OnLive

Shack PSA: Amnesia free on OnLive

To celebrate the OnLive release of Amnesia: The Dark Descent last night, Frictional's horror-o-rama is very briefly available free for the cloud gaming service thanks to fan forum OnLive Fans.

Until 9pm Pacific tonight, you can pick up a Full PlayPass to Amnesia for free on OnLive by entering the promo code THANKYOU on its Marketplace page. Read more »

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GDC: Minecraft wins top IGF award

GDC: Minecraft wins top IGF award

Minecraft took top honors at this year's Independent Games Festival awards, snagging both the Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game, and the Audience Award selected by the community.

Other notable recipients include BIT.TRIP RUNNER for Excellence in Visual Art, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent for Excellence in Audio, Technical Excellence, and the Direct2Drive Vision Award. Read more »

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Shack PSA: Steam indie savings

Shack PSA: Steam indie savings

With the 2011 Independent Games Festival main competition awards winners due to be announced on Thursday, Steam has discounted a number of the finalists, several of which are new to Steam. There are also a few other indie savings to be had because hey, why not?

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Best of 2010 Awards: Indie

Indie: LIMBO

2010 was a fantastic year for independently developed games, with many of the category's front-runners providing some of year's most memorable experiences. The black and white, melancholic platformer LIMBO has been lazily described as "the Braid of 2010," but beyond the fact that both are puzzle-platformers, they're really different beasts. Whereas Braid engaged players with colorful worlds and an intellectually engaging and text-driven story, LIMBO engages the player on a more visceral level, burying its incredibly subtle (but creepy) meta-story underneath minute-to-minute action that is equal parts foreboding, pulse-pounding, and head-scratching. Read more »

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Amnesia Developers Discuss Sales, Piracy, and Future of Frictional Games

Frictional Games' first-person survival horror title, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, has been scaring the crap out of gamers for just over a month now. Following an initial week-one report, in which the developers discussed the lack of parity between review scores and early sales, the team has posted a one-month follow-up entry about Amnesia's sales, reception, piracy issues, and what it all means for the future of Frictional Games.

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