Frictional Games, creator of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and SOMA, is returning to its seminal franchise with Amnesia: Rebirth. Following an ARG campaign that dripped out cryptic clues as to what its next project would be, the masters of horror have unveiled the direct sequel to The Dark Descent.
The studio promises "yet another evolutionary leap for Frictional games, challenging players to remain calm in the face of unimaginable terror." Not much is known just yet about the sequel, but gameplay teases suggest mechanics similar to the original, which SOMA also used to great effect.
"You can’t let out a breath. The creature is only inches away. Its sole purpose - to feed off your terror," teased Frictional. "And so you crouch in the dark, trying to stop the fear rising, trying to silence what lies within you." The story follows new protagonist Tasi Trianon in the desolate Algerian desert. Catch the first gameplay trailer below.
The setup sounds like a far cry from the original game, but that just makes it more exciting. We're curious how it will all tie together in the end. Players won't have to wait too long to find out either. It's due to arrive this fall on PC and PS4. There's no word yet on an Xbox release, but past Frictional projects have eventually come to the green team too, so it may be safe to hold out if you're not able to play on the launch platforms. It's also interesting to see a game scheduled for fall not announce a launch on upcoming new platforms like PS5 and Xbox Series X, but we suspect there will be a lot of cross-generational games in the next year or two, and perhaps this will be one of them.
After excellent reviews for Amnesia and SOMA, horror fans are right to get excited for Amnesia: Rebirth.