Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is real, may launch by Halloween

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:42 GMT By Staff

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs has been announced as a collaboration between thechineseroom and Frictional Games.

After being rumored over the weekend, and teased earlier in the month, the game has been confirmed to Joystiq by Dear Esther writer Dan Pinchbeck.

Developed by thechineseroom and produced by Frictional – although publishers have made overtures, and been rejected – the game is not a direct sequel to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, but does take place in the same “alternate history” and the same universe.

The game follows a wealthy industrialist named Oswald Mandus, who in 1899 has returned from “a disastrous expedition to Mexico” which ended in tragedy.

Mandus caught a fever on his ill-fated trip, during which he dreamt of a “dark machine.” Upon regaining consciousness, the mysterious machine from his dreams also “sputters to life.”

In a separate interview with Joystiq, Frictional’s Thomas Grip said the team wanted to do more with the Amnesia world, but didn’t have the time. They floated the idea of collaboration, thought of of Pinchbeck, and sealed the deal at GDC Europe 2011.

The game will release on PC first, but will come to Mac and Linux as soon as possible, possibly within the PC launch window. An Xbox Live Arcade port was touted, but Fricitional said the team doesn’t have the “time or willpower” for a console project.