Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs won’t be exploitable, will be “pretty tough”

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:55 GMT By Brenna Hillier

We know all about how you finished Amnesia: A Dark Descent, you “power gamer”, you. So do Frictional Games and thechineseroom, and you won’t get the chance to do it again in Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.

“We were aware of the exploits players learned in Dark Descent and tried to close those loopholes as we found them,” thechineseroom’s Dan Pinchbeck told Edge.

As the quick-witted among you have no doubt already released, the closing of exploits implies a much more traditional horror gaming experience that thechineseroom’s last game, Dear Esther, which was largely an exploration affair.

“It would have been daft to have a fail state in Esther, but that’s not a given, it’s not something we’d demand or hardwire into our games,” Pinchbeck said.

“I think dying in games is fine if it’s handled right. I hate being handheld too much in games, I think it’s important to have stress response to situations and that’s the fundamental principle of fail states.

“The actually important thing is that players feel the presence of the fail state, as much as the actual fail state itself. So that’s something we’ve tried to get at the core of Amnesia. The fear of dying. So yes, you can die, and parts of the game are pretty tough.”

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is expected in late northern summer, having been delayed – so probably August. It’s likely to be terrifying.