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Happy Holidays!

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Another year soon at an end and here at Frictional we are closing to take a nice vacation until the beginning of next year. Time really goes by fast as on Thursday next week Frictional Games will turn two years old! That is based on the date the company was registered, another view at it could be when we first started to create a game with an early version of our current game engine. In that case FG is now over four years old as we begun work on Energetic in December 2004!

Looking back at the year we have to mention IGN's 13th Scariest games of this generation, a list were Penumbra: Black Plague ends up as number 4! We also would like to point towards the nice honourable mention of Penumbra: Black Plague by Gamasutra in their Best of 2008: Top 5 PC games.

Happy holidays from us here to everyone out there!

p.s as you can see the work on the new game is progressing well, latest added feature is high quality rendered particle snow flake effects! ;)

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Penumbra: Requiem released for Mac & Linux, AIKA & Nomination

Frictional Games is happy to announce the release of Penumbra: Requiem for Mac & Linux. The puzzle expansion for Penumbra: Black Plague is now available through our online store at USD 9.99.

Driven completely insane from creating the Penumbra games, Frictional Games is offering all three Penumbra games as a collection at a horrific price of USD 35. This offer is available through the online store and is for Mac & Linux only.

Penumbra: Requiem has previously been released for Windows by publisher Paradox Interactive. Paradox Interactive is set to release a Penumbra: Collection for Windows in Q1 2009.

In related news, AIKA - an orchestral soundtrack, narrative and graphics project was released last Friday. This soundtrack was created by, among others, Penumbra musician Mikko Tarmia & writer Tom Jubert. Be sure to take a look at AIKA as much of the greatness in the Penumbra series comes from the music and story. To spice things up even further, Tom Jubert is nominated for "Best Videogame Script" at this years Writers’ Guild Awards 2008 to be held at BAFTA on Sunday 23rd November. We wish him all the best of luck!

Link: http://store.frictionalgames.com
Link: http://www.paradoxplaza.com
Link: http://www.thesoundoffiction.com/AIKA

About Penumbra: Requiem
Requiem is a puzzle expansion for Penumbra: Black Plague. The game contains numerous physics based puzzles, spread out over 9 levels with unique settings. The expansion pushes the graphics capabilities of the game as far as it can - while creating the most detailed and dreading environments yet in a Penumbra game.

The expansion gives extra details to the characters from previous Penumbra games, taking peeks into their final moments of insanity.

Link: http://www.penumbrarequiem.com/site

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Next project announced

New Survival Horror Game Announced by the creators of the acclaimed Penumbra series

Helsingborg, Sweden (September 19, 2008) – Frictional Games announces that they are hard at work with a new, currently untitled, horror game. The upcoming project is set in the late 18th century and will take the player on a thrill-ride through the depths of madness and explore the dark side of the human emotions. Frictional Games promises to deliver a truly frightening first person survival horror game.

The primary aim is to make the game as scary and atmospheric as possible. "There are plenty of ideas that we never realized in the Penumbra games. We think it is possible to go a lot further in terms of evoking unsettling feelings and a sense of dread in the player", says co-founder and sound designer Jens Nilsson. The atmosphere is not the only focus of the game though and Frictional Games is determined to deliver a solid gameplay experience.

"We intend to give players a lot of freedom in our upcoming game", explains Thomas Grip, co-founder and lead programmer at Frictional Games. "Instead of following a laid out route we want players to choose for themselves how they want to progress and how deep they want explore various aspects of the game world".

Though the project will have a large focus on freedom, story will not be neglected. Frictional Games have been hard at work to develop a multitude of new ways to tell a story and yet allow for a dynamic gameplay. The goal is to make the story and gameplay converge and create a truly engaging and unique experience.

Release date is currently unknown. Stay tuned for more information by visiting the web site http://www.nextfrictionalgame.com/ or by signing up for the newsletter at http://www.frictionalgames.com/propaganda/.

Frictional Games
A small studio located in the south of Sweden, developing unique technologies to power their creative game ideas. Currently with a crew of four inhouse, with a network of contractors to utilise during production, enables the company to be dynamic and efficient. http://www.frictionalgames.com/

Penumbra Series
Penumbra is a survival horror series that emphasises on puzzles, ambience and a unqie physics interaction system. Read more about the two games and the expansion by visiting the web site http://www.penumbragame.com/

Nordic Game Program
The currently untitled game project has received a 300 000 DKK support funding from the Nordic Game Program. To learn more about Nordic Game Program, visit http://www.nordicgameprogram.org/

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Requiem 1.0.1 update and reviews

A small patch has been released for Penumbra: Requiem, you can get it here. The patch will improve performance in some levels as well as correcting various minor errors, for slightly more details see the support article.

Some reviews of Penumbra: Requiem has also appeared. You can continue on to hear what IGN.com, Cheatcc.com and Gamernode.com thinks about the game. For Swedes and Norwegians there is one review at Gameplayer.se and one at Gamer.no.

The Mac & Linux versions are almost finished, stay tuned for release details soon!

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Penumbra: Requiem released, trailer out and Mac & Linux in the works

Two days ago Penumbra: Requiem was released and made available on Gamer's Gate, the game is also heading for Direct2Drive, but not up yet.

The official site for the game is located here and today we also added the trailer for the game.

Mac & Linux users can look forward to a release as soon as possible, the game is in the process of being ported. More news on this as the ports near completion.

About Penumbra: Requiem

"Penumbra: Requiem is an expansion for the horror game Penumbra: Black Plague and takes off where the last game ended. Requiem sees Philip, the game protagonist, falling deeper into madness and has to fight inner demons as well as outer ones.

Penumbra: Requiem is to be considered an epilogue to Penumbra: Black Plague and not as a new episode in the Penumbra series. The main goal with Penumbra: Requiem has been to focus more on the physics puzzles and to see how far the current game engine could be pushed. This has made Requiem into a game that focuses more on gameplay and puzzles than the previous Penumbra instalments and a game that is more experimental in nature.

Although having a strong emphasis on puzzles the game still features a dense atmosphere, a trade mark of the Penumbra series. In Penumbra: Overture the goal was to induce strong fears from isolation, in Black Plague a main theme was paranoia and in Requiem you'll find a nightmarish and feverish atmosphere.

Penumbra: Requiem is an attempt to deliver a fresh and rewarding experience and not just some rehash of previous material."

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