It’s been more than ten years since Amnesia: The Dark Descent left gamers with a streak of feces trickling down the back of their legs. Now, horror fans will be pleased to hear that Frictional Games have announced the release date for the sequel Amnesia: Rebirth. According to a recent post on Twitter, the Swedish development team have said the game is scheduled to hit digital stores on October 20th, fittingly just ten days before Halloween.
As the forerunners of modern survival horror, Frictional are not keen to simply let Rebirth be just another run-of-the-mill horror game in an oversaturated genre.
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.
Their most recent blog post (which features a few new screenshots) said the game has taken them five years to make with original plans to have it out in 2017 or 2018. It was also going to be a somewhat more straightforward horror game.
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.
It’s been a long time since Frictional brought us an Amnesia game, and while The Chinese Room’s A Machine For Pigs (released in 2013), was well-received, many felt it was lacking the original’s sense of dread and terror that made it so highly praised.
Check out the trailer below to whet your appetite (and your trousers).