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I am very a lot not wanting ahead to Amnesia: The Bunker, the upcoming horror game from Frictional. I’ll play it, to be clear, however I will not get pleasure from it: The Amnesia video games are just about probably the most “I do not want this shit” issues I’ve ever performed. However they’re additionally form of irresistible. It is bizarre.

The Bunker’s huge twist is that in contrast to earlier video games within the sequence, that are very linear, handcrafted experiences, it takes place in a “semi-open world” with sandbox-style survival-horror gameplay. That is an actual departure, although the fundamentals are primarily unchanged, as you possibly can see within the video: It is darkish, your flashlight sucks, and a few hideous supernatural horror is looking you down.

I had doubts that it may work, however employees author Morgan Park, who additionally has a smart angle in regards to the Amnesia video games (“questioning why I might signed as much as be sad” is probably the proper summation of the Amnesia expertise) took it for a check run in March and got here away largely optimistic.

“This isn’t Amnesia attempting to be Resident Evil; that is Amnesia inching towards the participant company and emergent gameplay of a full-blown immersive sim,” he wrote. “My demo was a variety of enjoyable, even when it led to catastrophe.”

This new video options 10 minutes of uncut gameplay, and showcases a variety of little particulars: The best way your hand serves as an indicator of your general health, as an example, and the way the pocketwatch can be utilized to trace the working time of the generator that retains the lights on and the monster at bay. The survival horror vibe actually lands too, although it is only a trailer: You are trapped within the bunker with the monster, so flight is not an possibility—all you are able to do is attempt to keep alive.

We’ll discover out quickly whether or not that holds up over the course of the total game: Amnesia: The Bunker involves Steam on Might 23.