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Survival horror "Amnesia: The Dark Descent" is Released!

Helsingborg, Sweden, 8/9 – 2010

amnesia4We at Frictional Games are happy to announce that Amnesia: The Dark Descent is now available for instant download! This represent the culmination of the three years of hard work and we are very proud of the final result. We believe it to be a huge improvement over our previous work, the Penumbra series.

One of our goals with Amnesia: The Dark Descent has been "availability", meaning that the game should be as available as possible for those that are interested in playing it. Because of this, the game is having a simultaneous launch on Windows, Mac and Linux. It also comes with four translations in addition to the original English version, is DRM free and available from most major online retailers in addition to our own online store. Finally, the game itself has also received our utmost attention in areas that affect the ease of use and interaction with the game world.

amnesia4Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person horror game with a focus on immersion. It is a game where atmosphere and story comes first. We hope that the game will be a breeze of fresh air, in a genre otherwise populated by "one-man-army action hero" sagas. In Amnesia you are almost completely defenseless, something we believe not only makes the game a lot scarier, but also gives a vastly different experience.


Enter an interactive nightmare where reality is a fragile concept.

Do you have what it takes to survive?


Selected press quotes
"Few games are able to conjure up an atmosphere this genuinely frightening."
- IGN

"Despite its title, Amnesia remembers what the blockbusters of survival horror seem to have forgotten: how to horrify."
- PC Gamer UK

"I think it is safe to say that Amnesia is the most successfully frightening game to have been made."
- Rock Paper Shotgun

"I must say Amnesia is a masterpiece of horror, something surely all other horror games could take from and in some senses, strive to be."
- NeoSeeker

Details - Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Price: $20.
Available: http://store.frictionalgames.com and most major online retailers.
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X & Linux.
Languages: English - with localized text for French, German, Italian & Spanish.
Recommended Computer Specifications:

  • Windows XP/Vista/7, OS X 10.5.8/10.6.4 or Linux distribution released in 2010.
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6 / ATI Radeon HD.
  • 2.0 Ghz CPU.
  • 2 GB RAM.
  • 2.5 GB Free hard disk space.
Website: http://www.amnesiagame.com



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Making of Amnesia- Sound designer Tapio Liukkonen

Today we are happy to share with you a trailer from Tapio, our beatbox master from Finland. Tapio worked exclusively with making the sounds for all the visions and monsters in Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

Less than a day to go, http://www.amnesiagame.com is the place to visit if interested in pre-order discounts and other goodies.

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Sewer trailer and two new screens

Today we are revealing the last gameplay trailer before the release on the 8th of September. Enjoy the dark, damp sewers of Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

We also have two new screens, giving a clue to the much darker and sinister parts of the game, parts of the game that for sure are not part of the recently released demo.

Remember that you can pre-order the game, to save a buck or two on the release price of 20 USD.

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Demo of survival horror “Amnesia: The Dark Descent” released!

Helsingborg, Sweden, 03/9 – 2010
Today Frictional Games, the makers of the Penumbra series, has released a demo for their upcoming first person survival horror “Amnesia: The Dark Descent”. Players with Windows, Mac or Linux all get a chance to experience a small slice of the dread and terror contained in the full game.

The game begins with Daniel awakening in a desolate Prussian castle, without any memories to explain his situation. A letter written by himself, reveals that the amnesia is actually self-inflicted. The mysterious message urges him to seek out and kill Alexander, a man residing deep below the castle. Hunted by a dark shadow, Daniel can see no other way out than to trust his former self. If he is to save his life and mind, he needs to find out what it is all really about. It is his only hope for salvation. A dark descent awaits.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person horror game with focus on immersion. It is a game where atmosphere and story comes first. Amnesia will be released on the 8th of September and can be purchased in Frictional Game's own online store as well as most major online retailers.

We would also like to seize the opportunity and inform all that there is a 10% discount on Amnesia if you pre-order. For those who are longing for some horror gaming this weekend, the Penumbra series costs 70% less in our own store (store.frictionalgames.com) and at GamersGate!!

About Demo
The demo can be downloaded from www.AmnesiaGame.com where it is available as both a direct download and as a torrent.

Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X & Linux.

Languages: English - with localized text for French, German, Italian & Spanish.

Recommended Computer Specifications:

  • Windows XP/Vista/7, OS X 10.5.8/10.6.4 or Linux distribution released in 2010.
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6 / ATI Radeon HD.
  • 2.0 Ghz CPU.
  • 1 - 2 GB RAM (depends on OS).
  • 500mb of free disk space.



Developer Walktthrough Trailer - Physics Interaction

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Article Roundup and a Good Deal

First of all we would like to inform you that Gamer's Gate is having a 70% discount on all Penumbra games this weekend. In fact they have already started and the offer is available to Windows and Mac users. If you have not yet played Penumbra, and want some warm-up before Amnesia, you know what to do!

And in case you have missed any interviews and need something more to dig into before the release next week, we decided to have a little roundup. What follows are some of the articles and interviews concerning Amnesia from the last two months or so.

Gamasutra article on horror games
An article on the future of survival horror, where we were part of the interviewees.

Interview with Game-Central
An interview about FG, Amnesia and horror in general.

Discussion on our design philosophy
We talk to Neoseeker about design and horror in general.

PC-Gamer Interview
PC Gamer UK liked the game enough to want to interview us.

Why you should be excited about Amnesia
MMGN lists seven reason why you should be excited about Amnesia. Also note that they have a competition where people living in Australia have chance to win the game.

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