Frictional Games has revealed their follow-up to Amnesia: The Dark Descent and it’s called Amnesia: Rebirth. Remember that game that pretty much overwhelmed Youtube ‘Let’s Plays’ and had everyone on the edge of their seats? It’s been 10 years since Amnesia: The Dark Descent took hold of the narrative horror genre. This time, it looks like the follow-up has been announced for PS4.
Thomas Grip, Creative Director of Frictional Games
What is Amnesia: Rebirth? A new protagonist, a new setting, a new story, but built on what we learned from the original game. No gimmicks. No inventing something completely new. This is Amnesia.
That doesn’t mean that we’re just doing more of the same — in horror, repetition is a deadly sin. You need to keep players on their toes at all times. We’ve had to twist expectations, refine old features, and up the ante on everything you’ve seen from us.
As you might expect from a Frictional game, we’re not simply going for a carnival attraction of jumpscares. Amnesia: Rebirth is an emotionally harrowing journey — something different, something less predictable. It will test you in ways you haven’t experienced before, and will make you think about the things that really scare you.
When Amnesia: The Dark Descent came out, we loved to hear the player feedback that said people couldn’t get through the game because they were too scared to continue. But, these days, simple horror isn’t enough. We want to take you beyond horror and out the other side — and see whether you’ll stand the weight of what we put you through.
Amnesia: Rebirth will be available later this year. Let’s see if you can bear it.
One of the promotional images features a woman walking out of a cavern and clutching a stuffed animal. Does this mean that we’ll be experiencing Amnesia: Rebirth through the eyes of a female protagonist? Is she searching for her history? Too early to call, but I certainly hope so. Hearing that Frictional Games wants to expand on the Amnesia universe with new characters and stories instead of re-hashing the original is certainly welcome news. It feels like we’ve been lacking any good horror games for a while now, but thankfully, Frictional Games is ready to fill that void with more psychological horror.