Get First Glimpse Of Amnesia Sequel's Horrifying Machine

Get First Glimpse Of Amnesia Sequel's Horrifying Machine

So who is this Oswald Mandus chap, anyway?

We've some time to wait before the big reveal of thechineseroom's Amnesia: The Dark Descent sequel, A Machine For Pigs. In the meantime, you'll just have to be satisfied with this first glimpse into Machine's horrifying world. Cellars and mansion shots are one thing - you expect dark, twisting environments after playing Amnesia - but what are these street scenes all about?

Dan Pinchbeck of thechineseroom knows, but he's not telling, at least not yet. But it's not just about the environments, evocative though they may be. As Pinchbeck points out, "horror is at its most horrifying because you empathize with the characters," which means that the main character, wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus - and, by extension, his family - will be crucial to Machine's story. The game will focus on Mandus and his relationship with his children, using that as a hook to draw you in. "There's a much greater integration into society going on with Mandus," Pinchbeck says, "and that was partially about getting a different emotional tone to the game."

Still no word on an exact release date for this horror title, but its estimated release in 3rd quarter 2013 isn't that far off. You'll soon find out what's out on those streets, and what's hidden in - or beneath - Mandus' mansion.

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Those are very dark screenshots...

Also, is it just me, but when I click one of the images it seems to stretch across the Escapist's border and become blurry?

Try to get a better look and the "full-sized" image won't even fit in my browser window.
I can't even tell what I'm supposed to be afraid of :(
2/10: would not piss myself.

Ewww it's so jagged...I mean in the one screenshot that's bright enough to see anything in. I thought this was a point and click. I'm glad I'm wrong though.

It's um....very dark isn't it.

Looks good from what I can see.

JokerboyJordan:
Those are very dark screenshots...

Also, is it just me, but when I click one of the images it seems to stretch across the Escapist's border and become blurry?

Mine does this and stretches about behind the side bar, so a big portion of the screenshot isn't visible.

Anyway, interesting change of direction to put you out on the streets. One criticism Amnesia got a lot was how repetetive it's environments were (though to be fair, a really old stone mansion is probably bound to have repetition). Wonder if they'll be able to keep the open bits as tense and scary as the claustrophobic ones.

Anyway, I look forward to once again having the piss scared out of me!

Dark, very fucking dark.

Pants will be shat.

Uh, last I heard the game was set for release in Q2. Did they announce it would be pushed back(again) in some article?

Neat screenshots, although it's hard to make much of anything out. I mean that's kinda the point, but still.

this comes to mind when i saw those screenshots:

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anyway to turn up the brightness so we can actually see whats in the shots? I mean i know darkness is supposed to be scary but this is ridiculous

Karloff:
So who is this Oswald Mandus chap, anyway?

A reference to this guy?

Dark, Victorian streets seem almost perfect for a horror setting.

Mr. Birling Oswald Mandus sounds like a pretty interesting character too.

Looks good, can't wait to actually be playing it turning it off in terror.

Off-topic but the escapist did that massive revamp of the website a few months which was nice and all but why do we still have this godawful picture browser? Can that please be changed soon to something less clunky.

Someone took that question from Riddick a little bit too literally when they were taking the screen caps it seems.

UMM the pictures aren't loading they are just blank with a little symbol in the middle.....is it just me or is anyone else having this problem?
Edit:I can see them now........well barely god it's dark-sure less is more sometimes but I should still be able to see what I'm playing.

I dont know... I dont agree really with

' As Pinchbeck points out, "horror is at its most horrifying because you empathize with the characters," '

I dont really recall being that concerned about Daniel in Amnesia, I was more scared by the ambiance, the oppressive atmosphere, never seeing anything but hearing ... it everywhere.
Daniel story was intriguing, and suitably macabre and horrifying but didnt really 'scare' me or get me invested in the story as much as the creaking and groaning of the house, the footsteps, the dust falling from the ceiling, the gusts of wind... that stuff is the art of horror.

In my opinion of course.

Amnesia did it perfectly, I hope Pinchbeck doesnt sacrifice that glorious ambiance to make a better character story.

What exactly am I supposed to be looking at here? I can't see shit.

The Plunk:
Dark, Victorian streets seem almost perfect for a horror setting.

Mr. Birling Oswald Mandus sounds like a pretty interesting character too.

I see your literature reference and I raise you a high five.

OT: It would probably be scary if I could actually see whats happening in the screenshots. Still the trailers have been amazing so far.

JokerboyJordan:
Those are very dark screenshots...

Also, is it just me, but when I click one of the images it seems to stretch across the Escapist's border and become blurry?

very dark indeed. not impressed with these, and no you are not the only one whos border is in front of the pic and makes it all blurry.

Dogstile:
What exactly am I supposed to be looking at here? I can't see shit.

Most of the screenshots are sized incorrectly, a large chunk of them are outside of the frame.

Try resizing your browser window, you'll see a larger percent of the screenshots then.

I'm pretty sure this website isn't meant to look like this.

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For those of you having problem with the weird images, clikc on them and they will be enlarged properly.

They're still a bit too dark and, well, a bit non-telling so far.

"Who is this Oswald Mandus chap, anyway?"

You know, I ask myself that same question every morning when I get up, which is odd, because I've never heard that name before, so you can imagine my bewilderment. But now, after having read this article, I still don't know the answer. Actually, hang on, I know why I still don't know the answer. I'm thinking of Oscar Magnus. Similar name, completely different enigma. Still, I hope we all find our answers one day.

I can't wait for this game but goddam! That's some dark screenshots! I hope there's a little more lighting (or at least torches and shit to light)

http://imgur.com/a/Bj0xv
Sorry for my poor photoshop skills, but here are brightened versions of 5 of the images. I am not sure which one I missed

lobster22221:
http://imgur.com/a/Bj0xv
Sorry for my poor photoshop skills, but here are brightened versions of 5 of the images. I am not sure which one I missed

Thank you. I couldn't for the life of me see anything in the unedited ones.

lobster22221:
http://imgur.com/a/Bj0xv
Sorry for my poor photoshop skills, but here are brightened versions of 5 of the images. I am not sure which one I missed

thanks. now i see something.

To echo everyone else...

I'm sure those are perfectly good scenes for terrifying the ever loving shit out of the player, when they're playing full screen, on their main monitor, at night, with the curtains drawn and the lights off...

Sat here in a well lit room with them showing on a light background on my secondary (taller aspect, but lower contrast) monitor, I can't make anything out other than a few random points of light that might actually be reflections off the glass.

Please, drop them into photoshop/paintshop/the gimp (none of which I have on this machine I'm afraid) and raise the bloody gamma just a bit? Like you might have done before dispatching them to print for a paper mag?! I'd suggest in this case a pretty extreme setting, like what would count as "2.0" in paintshop (not sure what the photoshop/gimp equivalent is; PSP's "do nothing" setting is 1.0, and most dark photos are improved by something in the 1.2-1.4 range)

tahrey:
To echo everyone else...

Please, drop them into photoshop/paintshop/the gimp (none of which I have on this machine I'm afraid) and raise the bloody gamma just a bit?

I Did. Look a few posts above yours.

Amnesia did not scare me, I doubt this will. Bioshock on the other hand...

lobster22221:

tahrey:
To echo everyone else...

Please, drop them into photoshop/paintshop/the gimp (none of which I have on this machine I'm afraid) and raise the bloody gamma just a bit?

I Did. Look a few posts above yours.

Sorry lobs - I musta written that in too much of a hurry :D

Your versions are far better, thanks for doing that. Strange thing is how they're STILL sufficiently dark and dim-ambience to be all dank and moody without necessarily needing you to use the force ;)

(Though actually my protest was aimed at whoever made/uploaded the original images. God only knows what kind of insane brightness their monitor puts out or deeply nonstandard gamma their system/image editor has been set to, but they must think everyone else's pictures are horribly washed out...)

BTW, I also have the problem that the "full size" ones are far too big, overlap off the side of the browser window, and have the sidebar sitting on top of them... and that's even doing it again now with the window moved onto my main 19" widescreen (and thus 1440x900) display.

BTW, this is what I get if I open up one of those pics and stretch the browser window across BOTH monitors (a combined width of 2464 pixels, and in this case a height of approx 1100 - Chrome/Win7(?) played its face and wouldn't let me drag the top of the window any higher).

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(Resized to 5/16ths aka 1/3.2 aka about 31%. The light grey blocks are the vertical areas that don't exist on the widescreen monitor, but do on the portrait one)

There is also, if the resizing has made it indistinct, a horizontal scrollbar at the bottom of the window, which I have scrolled all the way right because for some reason there's several hundred pixels of left-hand border added whether we like it/it's necessary or not.

Saving the picture shows it's a slightly oddball 1900x1200 resolution (I guess 1920x1200 accidentally cropped down), and a further non-screenshotted experiment with the right-hand monitor alone (which is 1024x1280) suggests that, yes, it's being shown at 1:1 size, as I can fit the entire height within a fullscreened browser... just. This also means that, as I had to scroll horizontally to see the right-hand edge of a 1900-pixel image within a nearly 2500-pixel display, there must be at LEAST 600 pixels of left-hand border added.

In a world where most people are still using displays in the 1280x800 thru 1440x900 range, with a growing but relatively small number of 1920x1080s (stuff like Apple Cinemadisplays or 2K+ retina panels are still in the luxury class), don'tcha think it's a bit excessive to a/ show an image of that size at 1:1 with no resizing option (most websites these days seem to have figured out the whole "auto resize to fit" thing), b/ add on a compulsory border that's almost half the width of the smaller monitor, more than 40% that of the larger common one, and still about 30% of the largest general purpose models (HDTV and iPad) on the left hand side ALONE?

Note that my portrait monitor itself has more vertical resolution than any common size short of a "cinema" or "retina" display, but I still had to fullscreen it to fit the full picture height. With the tab and address bar, it might have just about scraped right up to the edge. With the download bar as well (which happens to be showing right now)? No chance. Nor with an actual 1200-line monitor (or home cinema projector...), or a 1080p.

Oh, and of course, there's all that business with the sidebar. That shit should sit NEXT TO any images you're displaying, not on top of. If I break out the ruler on my shrunken image, the gap between the white strip and the sidebar - even though the latter is straddling both monitors - is about 207 pixels. Or scaling up, about 663 at full size. You're really going to carry on with a fixed width content column like that, which can only really show a VGA-resolution image with a modest whitespace border... and that's a full-column-width text-stopper?

Hmmm. Right. OK.

(Cuh, eh!)

BTW, please please please please please can you fix it for us to not have to suffer loud blaring video ads that lurk at the BOTTOM of discussion thread pages, so we can be free of the sequential games of "hunt the tab" and then "hunt the culprit within the tab". Just FYI, every time I'm bothered by one of those mother-effers, my desire to buy anything from the company behind the campaign drops in an exponential fashion, and my desire to buy my next example of said product from their main rival rises.

This is simply taking too long...

Halloween last year has now turned into Q3 this year.

 

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