Saturday, September 10, 2011

Amnesia Developer Turns to Consoles for Next Game

The developer behind last year's spooky PC adventure game, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, has given fans some insight into what to expect next. Frictional Games says it's now working on an unnamed project that will feature less horror than Amnesia, be more "intellectually demanding", and will also be available on consoles.

The updates come via Frictional Games official blog. The company explains its expansion to the console market, and the difficulties this will create for its PC operations, like this:

"The main reason for choosing consoles is purely financial. Right now our main income comes from very few channels, and we need to spread out the risk somehow. The other reason is that we feel we are missing out on exposure by not being on a console and not reaching as many players as we should be able to. Unfortunately consoles are really old compared to the PC right now, so it will be far from straightforward to develop for two platforms. Our current thinking is to make the console get a lower end version and make sure console specs influence the PC version as little as possible."




While the new game will still have a "scary atmosphere", Frictional says it will be less "horror-focused":
"Our intention this time is to dig into deeper and more intellectually demanding subjects. Another goal for us is to get past having classical puzzles that break the flow, but without making the game into a spoon-fed type of experience."
The indie developer has also released information about the success of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. To date, the game has sold almost 400,000 copies. Of these, around 75% were discounted copies during sales. Frictional Games says this solid performance will allow the company to take more risks in future.

Thanks, GameInformer via Blue's News.

31 comments:

  1. Yeah. Consoles are always a step behind computers-- most of the time, a huge step behind.

    Still, I agree, they were missing on a big gaming market. PC people usually just pirate anyway.

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  2. I didnt like the idea of Amnesia, you had no weapons and you spent your time RUNNING from monsters, even though its a dream'isque world i still think there should have been some kind of object that could defeat them. I watched JUST THE 15min DEMO and i was scared!

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  3. They weren't wrong about that warning in the beginning.

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  4. I was always wanting to get this game

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  5. woo, glad to hear this, can't afford a gaming computer so would love to see this developer on console

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  6. Loved amnesia, this should be good!

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  7. Amnesia was a good game. Glad it will be available on consoles now.

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  8. That's good I guess, I really enjoyed Amnesia since it was a classic survival horror game.

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  9. Hmm looks intresting might give the new game a try :P

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  10. Sounds fun! Must keep an eye on this!

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  11. I really enjoyed Amnesia, although it mad me scream like a little girl so many times. These guys are quality developers, hope to see more

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  12. I loved this game. It had the highest creep factor of any game I've ever played.

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  13. This game scared the hell out of me a couple of times!

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  14. Looks extremely interesting. So much I'm going to have to try it out at some point in the future. Thanks for sharing buddy, looking forward to more posts like this in the future.

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  15. this game looks alot! looks so good im ashamed to say ive never heard of it.... :(

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  16. Woww, a less frightening movie should do the trick aswell! *shivers*

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  17. going to have to give this a try

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  18. looking forward for it

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  19. Great news maybe they should wait for a Wii U release as it is going to have the best specs out as it will be a next gen console.

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  20. I heard Amnesia is really scary. My friend used to play it. And was hell of scared all the time! ;o

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  21. Based on one of the comments above, I know darn well I'd never play it.
    Why? Simply because I like to combat when it comes to games.
    However, it would be best for them to make editions for consoles as games for consoles tend to make the most money by far.
    If they're sincere about making good games, I hope this helps them in their quest!

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  22. I'm at the choir part of this game. This game is incredibly scary, I just wonder how they can make a game even scarier, unless they use shock scares like zombies appearing out of nowhere right in front of your face, but that's just unoriginal, and its the surprise that scares you more than whatever the actual face is. I probably will get the game on PC unless they make it only for consoles, these types of games match PC gaming more.

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  23. I am stunned by the diversity in your blog! Be sure to keep posting !

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