In a shock move, Frictional Video games has launched Steam Workshop help for its foundational horror game, Amnesia: The Darkish Descent. The change got here 4 days earlier than the launch of the most recent game within the collection, The Bunker, and brings The Darkish Descent extra consistent with later video games from Frictional like Soma and Amnesia: Rebirth.

“We’re effectively conscious (and in awe) of the numerous mods and customized tales made all through the years,” Frictional wrote in its announcement. “And now we have lastly ensured you possibly can publish and set up them easily through Steam.”

Frictional has traditionally been pleasant to modding already, making stage constructing instruments for its in-house HPL engine freely accessible and together with a “customized story” possibility right in the primary menu of suitable video games, making accessing user-made campaigns a cinch. Beforehand, mods for The Darkish Descent might primarily be discovered on ModDB and NexusMods.

The Steam Workshop compatibility presents extra comfort for gamers who wish to entry customized campaigns for Amnesia, in addition to larger discoverability for mod makers—it is a good show of help from Frictional to the neighborhood. I am significantly intrigued by this HPL engine Darkish Souls 3 homage, “Profaned Capital,” that was first launched in 2020 and now appears to be attracting renewed consideration on Steam.

The newest entry within the Amnesia collection, The Bunker, launches in only a few days, and it is shaping as much as be one thing particular. PCG employees author Morgan Park praised The Bunker’s open-ended gameplay in an earlier preview, discovering it to be “inching towards the participant company and emergent gameplay of a full-blown immersive sim.”