In a mysterious bit of PR sent out this morning, the good folks at Frictional Games have revealed a release date for their survival horror/adventure hybrid Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
In a letter to the press, written from a dark and murky cellar and suffering from exposure to the game – which is said to have caused nightmares, evoked a strong sense of fear, and even led to “involuntary hospitalisations” – an unnamed author claims to have discovered Amnesia’s dark secret: that it will launch for the PC on 8 September this year.
Frictional Games was previously known for its ambitious Penumbra trilogy, a flawed yet hugely interesting mixture of traditional survival horror with first-person adventuring.
As it happens, I’ve been playing an early build of Amnesia over the past few days, and first impressions are strong. It takes the core components of Penumbra, tightens them up, and pours it all into the mould of a spooky castle in which, if it gets too dark, you start to lose your marbles a bit. It’s properly frightening stuff – and we’ll be bringing you a full preview very soon indeed.