Amnesia: The Dark Descent is popularly said to be one of the best horror games ever made, right up there with Silent Hill 2. So when its sequel was announced, fans were very happy. Even better news was that the sequel, dubbed Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, would use the same graphical engine used in Dear Esther. But recently, thechineseroom, developer of Dear Esther, announced that Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs would be delayed till 2013.

“It’s just slid back to early 2013. The quality of the game is the absolute first, last, and always with this development, and we felt it could do with a few more months’ work to make sure that’s really going to happen.”

Some concept art from the game

Some concept art from the game

Speaking about the game, Pinchbeck stated, “The central thing about Amnesia: The Dark Descent is that the player’s experience is at the core. It takes precedence of mechanics, over more formal gameplay features as such. So we’re preserving that emotional journey – that rollercoaster of fear, awe, desperation, loneliness, sadness, disgust, and terror. There are some changes, of course, to keep things fresh, but it will very much feel like an Amnesia game. But what we’re hoping for is a very different experience at the same time.”

When asked about the opening quote for Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, which is “This world is a machine. A machine for pigs. Fit only for the slaughtering of pigs”, Pinchbek said, “That comes from my sick, sick head. It just popped in and had to be used. I'm not telling you what it means. You can worry about that yourself.”

Pinchbek said  that the game was set in “the thick of Victoriana — empire, invention, social revolution, spiritualism. Rampant industrialization along with the attendant issues of dehumanization, poverty, disease, racism”.

“It's right at the turn of the century, so there's that panic of what's coming next, and then there are these powerful industrialists pushing society forward, without any real thought to consequences. A really exciting, but very dark age. So the central question for us is: how does the universe of Amnesia fit within that brave new world,” he explained.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is an indie horror game that received much critical acclaim. The game puts you in a mansion with no memories of how you got there, and the only objective you get is to “Find the Journal”. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is on sale on the Steam store. It’s going at 50 percent off because of the Steam Summer Sale, and it will be on sale till July 23.

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