Thursday, June 14, 2012

Scaring Gamers Everywhere Once Again

A Machine For Pigs is the next iteration in the Amnesia series and it is looking terrifying. Frictional Games released an Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs (AAMFP) teaser a long time ago and that turned out to be an AAMFP website that had a few details and some concept art. Frictional Games was thinking about setting up another a teaser and they were planning to release it when the Humble Bundle Five, which contained Amnesia: The Dark Descent, had reached a certain number of sales, but that Humble Bundle did so well, it broke the record and made five million dollars, that they couldn't ask for anything more. Today they released the first in-game video of A Machine for Pigs and it is looking just as terrifying and wonderful as Amnesia was. Before I show that off let me go over a bit of the information they have released about the game already.

First off A Machine For Pigs isn't a direct sequel for Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It looks similar and obviously has a similar approach to the horror genre, but don't expect there to be anything about Amnesia in the game. It does still have Amnesia in front of it's name and it is being made by Frictional Games, but it also being made by Thechineseroom, whom you may know for Dear Esther. The one thing both games have in common is that they are both set in the same alternate history and universe. Here is a bit information about the story, "The year is 1899. Wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus has returned home from a disastrous expedition to Mexico, which has ended in tragedy. Wracked by fever, haunted by dreams of a dark machine, he recovers consciousness in his own bed, with no idea of how much time has passed since his last memory. As he struggles to his feet, somewhere beneath him, an engine splutters, coughs, roars into life."

Amnesia: The Dark Descent was the first horror game since Silent Hill 2 that actually scared me and made me excited about the future of the genre. Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs is set to come out in Fall 2012 and I cannot wait to get my hands on it, especially since Frictional Games has talked about how different the environments are. In Amnesia: The Dark Descent you had the closed halls and dungeons of the old Manse, while A Machine For Pigs has you outside in some open looking areas. We will see more about this as the release gets closer and I leave you with the first gameplay for A Machine For Pigs, enjoy and be terrified.
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-Written by Sean Cargle


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