The follow-up to Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a game we can only assume is so terrifying they had to give it a ridiculous name to take the edge off: Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs. Frictional Games are again behind it, but they’ve also brought in indie studio thechineseroom, the team behind the quietly moving Dear Esther.
I loved the first game, despite not being able to finish it. Not because it was particularly challenging, but because it was so stressful to play. That sounds like a bad thing, but I love the fact that a game can invoke such strong feelings – even “negative” ones – in a player. There’s a thick air of tension over the whole experience, which sticks closer to true survival horror than any other game that dares label itself as such.
The teaser trailer below shows A Machine For Pigs will feature the same mind-destroying scares: the disturbing last scene is reminiscent of much of the first game, which I’m still recovering from.