Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Will Hopefully Bring More Sleepless Nights

Those who enjoyed the successful 2010 survival horror title Amnesia: The Dark Descent, developed by Frictional games for the P.C, should get excited and possibly even terrified for the upcoming release of Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs.  As the second full installment in the Amnesia Series, A Machine For Pigs will not be a direct sequel.  Instead it will feature a new cast of characters and a new mysterious storyline.  Either way, developers promise the game will terrorize gamers into submission just as much as the original, which some reviewers claimed to be one of the scariest games made.  A Machine For Pigs is being produced by the British indie game developers The Chinese Room, and published by Frictional studios.  It was originally meant to be released around Halloween 2012 as only a small, experimental game set in the Amnesia world.  But according to Frictional Games, as development began, much more potential was seen for A Machine For Pigs to evolve into a full fledged game up to par with the original.

Like the The Dark Descent, the storyline of A Machine For Pigs is steeped in mystery and a overwhelming sense of fear.  But this time around, we are taken sixty years into the future, away from the claustrophobic Victorian castle in which gamers ran from H.P Lovecraft inspired monsters while trying to unearth the answers to the games endless questions.  The year is now 1899.  You are Oswald Mandus, a wealthy industrialist who has returned home to London from an expedition to Mexico that ended in tragedy.  Taken with fever, he falls into an unconscious state and dreams of a large, steampunk inspired machine, an industrial monstrosity which he has never laid eyes upon in reality.  Upon waking he hears the horrid grinding of a motor kicking into gear, could it be the machine from his dreams?

Thus begins Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.  The game play follows the same first person style of exploration as The Dark Descent.  While the same elements of survival horror remain, there are certain elements from the first game that have been removed, such as the inventory system, and new ones that have taken their place.  The environment will be much larger and includes areas where the player must explore the outdoors.  The enemies will also be much more intelligent.  Players will not be able to easily predicted their patterns of movement, making for a greater challenge.


Something Sinister brews in the dreams (reality?) of Oswald Manus.

There is no doubt that The Chinese Room and Frictional Games are taking great effort to bring fans of Amnesia something that will live up to the experience of The Dark Descent, a game that brought survival horror to a new level.  For those who want to face the dread of the deadly darkness and reveal its terrible secrets, look out for Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs for the P.C in the second quarter of 2013.  Check out the trailer below.  It shows off the game’s beautiful new locations, complete with gorgeous music, horrific screams in the darkness, and very disturbing pig noises. (Information courtesy of, Building a Machine For Pigs and Expanding the Universe of Amnesia)