Amnesia developer Frictional Games released teasers on their website. The Dark Descent, the studio behind Amnesia, launched a super spooky ARG designed to tease new game with videos. Augmented Reality Games are an excellent way to interact with hardcore fans with many game creators using them to promote their titles. A pulsating neuron featured on their website which slowly grew into a pulsating cell. It went through another change, starting off an ARG. While the cell now looks like a human embryo, there are now other changes visible on the website. The social media icons now feature an eye-shaped interloper as spotted by Foxnull on ResetEra. While clicking on it does nothing, you can hover your cursor on it to catch part of a YouTube URL.
Sweden-based Frictional Games has released many titles, the more popular among them being Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and Soma. Soma is the latest release in the list and is commonly agreed by the players that it is Frictional Games’ best game so far. The game has a submarine research centre backdrop with a thrilling storyline and gripping gameplay. The makers have managed to capture all the feeling required to make this a huge hit in the survival horror genre. The game was released for PC and PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
Let’s get down to the teaser in detail. It began as a flashing, blue light which later evolved into a human embryo. The makers have managed to add another mystery element by having a hidden URL among the social media links. The links lead to a video titled “Box 52, Tape 16.” The 10-second clip shows rocks and focuses on one that has a blue symbol engraved into its surface. In addition to this, there is another link waiting to be found as well. The second link takes you to another video which has a chilling sound but no visible imagery or video. This is titled “Box 7 Reel 2, Partial Success.”
The second video clip highlights a lot of background noise with erratic screaming that sounds only half-human. It is terrifying enough to make you want to stop the video. If you examine the rocks, the video clips, and all the yelling together, it looks like a very good indication of what is to come. Spooky, scary, and creepy – the teasers have all the elements to keep us hooked. The studio is well-known to come up with titles that can scare the wits out of its players. With an ARG involving the fan community, you can be sure the game is only going to be more terrifying than the promos.
The first recording ends with a text that mentions that it’s a video cassette from February 16, 1983. It is apparent that it is part of a private collection. It ends with “Marked Shetpe, KSSR”, where KSSR stands for Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, known today as the Republic of Kazakhstan. Shept, refers to a village in Kazakhstan.