‘Amnesia’ Developer Sounds Off on Selling Scary Games, Critical Reception and the Future of HorrorBy Justin Massoud
Sweden-based video game developer Frictional Games enjoys making PC horror adventures, like 2010s “Amnesia: The Dark Descent” and the earlier “Penumbra” series. However, a recent update to the company’s official blog exudes an emotion in stark contrast to those its games explore: happiness. And for those who can’t wait to experience its next dark and dreary foray into the horror genre (maybe!), Frictional divulges a few minor details sure to get fans’ hairs on end.
Frictional Games blogs: “We are also hard at work with our new game which we are extremely excited about. While we still do not want to disclose too much, our goal is to take ‘experience based gameplay’ to another level. We aim to use the emotions that Amnesia was able to provoke and to focus them in a different direction, which will hopefully give delightfully disturbing results.”
Despite being relatively under the radar, “Amnesia: The Dark Descent” sold satisfactorily according to the developer. “When counting all online sales as well as the Russian retail copies, we have now sold almost 200,000 units! Our ‘dream estimates’ before release were something around 100k, and to be able to double that feels insane,” says Frictional.