Frictional Games is a small games developer located in the south of Sweden, more specifically in the town of Helsingborg. We develop our own technology to power our games, so far we have released three titles - all part of the Penumbra Series.

 Frictional Games isn't really located in Helsingborg, two of us live here and the company is registered here, other than that it is very much a virtual company. Currently we are five people working full-time, all from our own homes, with the Internet as our "office". In addition we hire contractors to help out with specific tasks during production, such as audio, writing and graphics.

 Our own game engine goes under the name HPL and uses industry standard technologies such as OpenGL, OpenAL and Newton Game Dynamics. The engine is currently undergoing an extensive update and the new version is cleverly named HPL2. HPL2 is being used in our upcoming game, Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

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Engines
HPL1

HPL1

Updated 10 months ago Released May 12, 2010 with a gpl licence

Frictional Games' HPL1 engine used to create the Penumbra series.

HPL2

HPL2

Updated 3 months ago Released Sep 6, 2010 with a commercial licence

An extensively updated version of HPL1 engine. Uses industry standard technologies such as OpenGL, OpenAL and Newton Game Dynamics.

Games
Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Indie

Updated 9 months ago Released Sep 9, 2013 Single Player Adventure

The Swine are Rising! In 2010 Frictional Games terrified the world with the cult horror Amnesia: A Dark Descent. Now they bring you a new nightmare. Created...

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Amnesia: The Dark Descent Indie

Updated 9 months ago Released Sep 4, 2010 Single Player Adventure

Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a first person survival horror. A game about immersion, discovery and living through a nightmare. An experience that will chill...

Energetic

Energetic Energetic Indie

Updated 3 years ago Released Apr 18, 2005 Single Player Platformer

The Energetic project aims to enlighten and educate teenagers about the production and consumption of energy within our society. Rather than being an...

Penumbra Collection

Penumbra Collection Penumbra Collection Indie

Updated 9 months ago Released Feb 25, 2006 Single Player First Person Shooter

Penumbra is a first person horror adventure focusing on story, immersion and puzzle solving. Violence and combat is hardly an option - the player has...

Penumbra: Black Plague

Penumbra: Black Plague Penumbra: Black Plague Indie

Updated 1 year ago Released Feb 8, 2008 Single Player Adventure

Trapped in a shadowy, underground complex, intrepid explorer Philip continues the search he began in Penumbra: Overture, to discover the truth behind...

Penumbra: Overture

Penumbra: Overture Penumbra: Overture Indie

Updated 2 years ago Released Feb 26, 2007 Single Player First Person Shooter

Penumbra is a first person horror adventure focusing on story, immersion and puzzle solving. Violence and combat is hardly an option - the player has...

Penumbra: Requiem

Penumbra: Requiem Penumbra: Requiem Indie

Updated 1 year ago Released Aug 24, 2008 Single Player Adventure

In the puzzle oriented expansion Penumbra: Requiem long lost friends will return and aid Philip on his quest, but can they really be trusted? In the bizarre...

SOMA

SOMA SOMA Indie

Updated 3 months ago Coming Q4 2014 Single Player Adventure

Three years in the making, SOMA is a unique continuation of Frictional Games' signature style of explorative horror, provocative storytelling, and unfathomable...

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BrokenBladeDev
BrokenBladeDev Oct 25 2013, 12:39am says:

I liked penumbra and amnesia the dark descent, but I think amnesia a machine for pigs wasn't as good. I don't know why but I think you were more focused on graphics and gameplay, because the monsters were slow and don't show up anymore. I could outrun them by walking! Thank you for your time.

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gegoxaren
gegoxaren Sep 10 2013, 9:44am says:

A:AMFP
Can any one over at Frictional look in to the problems with the sh.bz2 files?
They are too small and corrupt.
bunzip will not even extract it, it says the bz2 file is corrupt.

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UnheimlichStudio
UnheimlichStudio Aug 13 2013, 5:11am says:

i wait the second amnesia *0*

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chiefyork
chiefyork Jul 27 2013, 8:26am says:

to everyone who says Amnesia should be free: the folks at frictional games spent countless hours making it so they deserve to be paid for making such a good game. trust me its worth the buy and i bet you guys can earn the 20 bucks it costs to buy it.

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AudioGhostX
AudioGhostX Oct 13 2013, 9:38pm replied:

ikr, what do they think this is one of those generic boring horror games like all the slender games and stuff? This is actually a good, quality horror game worth the money.

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Crazeddog38
Crazeddog38 Jul 11 2013, 3:36pm says:

you guys make some pretty bad *** horro games

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Paper_Guy
Paper_Guy Jul 20 2013, 12:09am replied:

It's okay... You can swear on the Internet.

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tbone776
tbone776 Jun 26 2013, 8:53pm says:

Please make the dark descent free

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theshad99
theshad99 Jun 4 2013, 12:35pm buried:

(buried)

pewdiepie brought me here!!

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Paper_Guy
Paper_Guy Jul 20 2013, 12:11am replied:

no
get out

+7 votes     reply to comment
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A little update on the status of our ParticleEditor tool: T.co

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