Frictional Games have now released their latest horror title with Amnesia: Rebirth, as you walk in the shoes of Tasi and guide them through an emotional experience.
Using the same game engine as their previous game SOMA, which they call HPL3, Amnesia: Rebirth is a horror game that focuses on the journey as much as the end. It's all about the narrative and sinking into the thick atmosphere, Frictional say to not go in aiming to beat it but rather to immerse yourself in the world. Rebirth has a direct connection to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, however it's a fully stand-alone experience so you don't actually need to have played any others.
In short, what is it? Feature highlight:
- Explore environments and uncover their histories. In this first-person narrative horror experience, no location is like the others, and each is filled with mysteries and secrets for players to explore.
- Overcome challenges that stand in your way. You will encounter a wide and varied number of mysterious contraptions and physics-based puzzles.
- Carefully manage your limited resources, both physical and mental in order to stay in the light and keep your fear under control
- Encounter horrific creatures and use your wits to escape them
- Incredible cinematic sound design that will make you feel inside the game's world
- Don't let your fear consume you. Stay out of the dark, avoid horrific sights and control your panic or suffer long-lasting consequences.
Unfortunately, my key came in only the night before release and i discovered severe graphical problems in the Linux build on my desktop so I have been unable to review it at this time. Our livestreamer has also verified many major graphical issues. Frictional Games are aware as we've messaged them over email. We will be livestreaming it on our Twitch Channel and reviewing it in our usual way as well as soon as we can. We're really excited to give it a proper go once it's fixed up. Will keep you posted on that.
The actual launch on Steam was a bit rough too, as they managed to miss giving everyone the correct files to actually play it, thankfully they managed to solve that relatively quickly. Somehow though, they then nuked their Steam page and it vanished. Steam's admin panel isn't exactly straightforward though, I don't blame developers for getting confused on it.
If you missed it, the last two Amnesia games recently had their game engine open sourced!