Frictional Games’ Next Project

September 22nd, 2008 by Crusader

Frictional Games, the developers of the Penumbra series, have announced a few details regarding their next title:

Helsingborg, Sweden (September 19, 2008) – Frictional Games announces that they are hard at work with a new, currently untitled, horror game. The upcoming project is set in the late 18th century and will take the player on a thrill-ride through the depths of madness and explore the dark side of the human emotions. Frictional Games promises to deliver a truly frightening first person survival horror game.

The primary aim is to make the game as scary and atmospheric as possible. “There are plenty of ideas that we never realized in the Penumbra games. We think it is possible to go a lot further in terms of evoking unsettling feelings and a sense of dread in the player”, says co-founder and sound designer Jens Nilsson. The atmosphere is not the only focus of the game though and Frictional Games is determined to deliver a solid gameplay experience.

“We intend to give players a lot of freedom in our upcoming game”, explains Thomas Grip, co-founder and lead programmer at Frictional Games. “Instead of following a laid out route we want players to choose for themselves how they want to progress and how deep they want explore various aspects of the game world”.

Though the project will have a large focus on freedom, story will not be neglected. Frictional Games have been hard at work to develop a multitude of new ways to tell a story and yet allow for a dynamic gameplay. The goal is to make the story and gameplay converge and create a truly engaging and unique experience.

Release date is currently unknown. Stay tuned for more information by visiting the web site or by signing up for the newsletter at

Moreover, the possibility of a Linux port (the Penumbra series was all ported) was addressed on their forums:

Linux / Mac:
Hopefully. Nothing is sure at this point though.

One Response to “Frictional Games’ Next Project”

  1. M1AU Says:

    Well, I for some reason didn’t bought any of the Penumbra titles yet, but I’m intending to do so short after all three parts are available for Linux.

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