The first footage of Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs has arrived, at the close of the Humble Indie Bundle 5. The trailer shows foggy alleyways, moonlit warehouses, as well as the good old mansion environments from Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
A Machine for Pigs is the product of Frictional Games, the original developer of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and a team frequently involved with the Humble Indie Bundle fundraisers. thechineseroom, the developers of Dear Esther, is also working on A Machine for Pigs. Dear Esther was acknowledged for its atmosphere, and from what the new trailer has shown thechineseroom has really worked their magic on this sequel.
Those with poor constitutions, weak bladders, and a disinterest in screaming like a wee baby are not advised to watch the trailer after the break.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent was an extremely dark game, not just in its plot but literally in its environments. The sequel looks markedly better lit, although this could just be a factor in trying to show off the minute details of the spaces shown.
Another pretty big change is the emphasis on outdoor spaces. The Dark Descent limited outdoor activity to a terrifying windowsill hop, but it looks like the player will get a lot of fresh air in the sequel. Claustrophobia was a big factor in creating convincing scares in the original, so outdoor areas might deliver a new form of scare, or just act as a cooling-off zone for players to become complacent. Then they get jumped by a screaming horrible pig-man.
Frictional Games currently estimates that A Machine For Pigs will be ready this fall. I don’t think it’s a baseless guess to say they are probably aiming to have everyone changing their pants sometime around Halloween.