Amnesia Dev Hiring For New Sci-Fi Horror Project
Frictional is looking for a Level Designer to work on a new game project, which it says will learn from previous games Amnesia and Penumbra and “aim to take horror and interactive story-telling to the next level.”
As well as a “progressive view on video games and a will to evolve the medium,” the ideal candidate will have “experience in the horror genre” and an “interest in science and science-fiction”.
Sounds like Frictional is thinking about giving survival horror fans a proper SF chiller to counter the increasingly-action-oriented Dead Space franchise.
Frictional is already collaborating on Amnesia sequel A Machine For Pigs, so this project could be a new IP – but the details also vaguely fit the Penumbra series (pictured) too.
Speaking about the decline of the horror genre to NowGamer back in March, Frictional’s Thomas Grip told NowGamer: “The focus is trying to appeal to different markets. The horror concept sort of gets watered down along the way.”
“I think that’s pretty much evident in every major release since Fatal Frame or Forbidden Siren. Comparing the sort of horror games the PS2 had with now… there’s a lot of difference with the titles that popped up and the emotions they were able to convey. I’m sort of negative on if we’ll ever see proper horror games because it’s been so long since any major studio made an attempt.”
Is Frictional about to unleash a new type of hell on us all? We’ve dropped the studio a line to try and dig up a few details – read our Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs interview for more.