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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8 months ago Released 2010 GPL Licence

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



8 months ago Released 2010 Commercial Licence

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



2 weeks ago Released Sep 22, 2015 Commercial Licence

Frictional Games in house engine, used to create SOMA and allow players to create their own stories and worlds.

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Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

8 months ago Released Sep 8, 2013 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

2 weeks ago Released 2010 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...

Penumbra Collection

Penumbra Collection

8 months ago Released 2006 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

2 years ago Released 2008 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

8 months ago Released 2007 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

8 months ago Released 2008 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...



6 days ago Released Sep 22, 2015 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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AddEiser May 15 2013 says:

Frictional Games! make this game free XD..

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kaymon3 May 6 2013 says:

Really want to play the full version of Amnesia, but I can only download free games :(

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Rowmar May 16 2013 buried:


Dude, just download BitTorrent and go to or (it's the same). Search Amnesia The Dark Descent-SKIDROW and you get the game. I have it now. It's sooooooo cool.

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Slanderous Jun 4 2013 replied:


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D3adlyShad0w Apr 3 2013 says:

You know Frictional Games you should make Amnesia The Dark Descent Free... Just think about it if the The game was free there would be more players joining Desura and when they ask for Amnesia,Desura will give you credit for bringing in alot of players which means big money for you, Desura and especially large fun for the players when they play Amnesia The Dark Descent.But hey this is just an opinion it's your choice not mine but... Just think about the player's anyone that want's to play Amnesia The Dark Descent for free vote this comment.

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tomrox2124 Jun 12 2013 replied:

What about steam, they would have to make it free for steam. amnesia deserves to be paid for, you wont get a free game as good as it

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ForensicGaming Apr 11 2013 replied:

Same with you here. Like i commented about slender's woods i said " a game like this deserves to be free". Make this game free with the full game and w/o mods

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brent161 Mar 1 2013 says:

will there be another penumbra game or is requiem the last one?

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GuywithPie Mar 31 2013 replied:

Penumbra series is over but they are making a sequel to amnesia.

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DrACoNaV Feb 18 2013 says:

i need help ity says on this that i havent bought amesia when i have i need help as i cant use my mods or anything if you know how i can fix this then please tell me

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