The last remaining memories fade away into darkness. Your mind is a mess and only a feeling of being hunted remains. You must escape.


Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a first person survival horror. A game about immersion, discovery and living through a nightmare. An experience that will chill you to the core. You stumble through the narrow corridors as the distant cry is heard. It is getting closer.


Amnesia: The Dark Descent puts you in the shoes of Daniel as he wakes up in a desolate castle, barely remembering anything about his past. Exploring the eerie pathways, you must also take part of Daniel's troubled memories. The horror does not only come from the outside, but from the inside as well. A disturbing odyssey into the dark corners of the human mind awaits. A sound of dragging feet? Or is your mind playing tricks on you?


By using a fully physically simulated world, cutting edge 3D graphics and a dynamic sound system, the game pulls no punches when trying to immerse you. Once the game starts, you will be in control from the beginning to the end. There are no cut-scenes or time-jumps, whatever happens will happen to you first hand. Something emerges out of the darkness. It's approaching. Fast.


Amnesia: The Dark Descent throws you headfirst into a dangerous world where danger can lurk behind every corner. Your only means of defense are hiding, running or using your wits. Do you have what it takes to survive?

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This is the first in what will, hopefully, be a semi-regular series of developments logs about Lament. In the early days of development I had tried to get a couple of screenshots out every one-or-two weeks, which I have since realized was a terrible, terrible idea. So, in a similar vain, I'm starting these Dev Logs, which I wanted to start a while ago, except that I had nothing to actually write about at the time.

Let's get started then, shall we?


This is the color/lighting part, if you hadn't guessed.

A major focus of some of my more recent work has been getting just the right amount of contrast in the lighting and colors of the individual levels. In the old palettes I focused primarily on emphasizing one color, usually orange, red, blue, or green. The basic idea was to unify the overall palette and lessen the game's rather muddy contrast. In that respect, it was a success, but in doing so it bleached out any depth the colors may have had before.

I also found myself with shadows that were far brighter than I wanted, but the only remedy seemed to be darkening the ambient light, which just made the dark areas muddy and sharp again.

By this point I realized that my dissatisfaction came from an excess of "luma" contrast (the difference between shadows, mid-tones, and highlights) and a lack of "chroma" contrast (the difference in shades of color). Getting to where it is now was a long process that involved a lot of trial-and-error, swearing, and fog volumes, but I can finally say that I'm happy with the result.

Those guys over at SOMA have it easy, they've got HDR post-processing and tonemaps. All we have is fog and swear words.


I've also been doing a lot of optimization work, deleting objects that are unnecessary, have more geometry than they really need, or whose families just won't miss them very much.

I felt particularly smug after cutting out almost 1/4 of the trees in the forest while retaining it's dense and overgrown appearance, which is exactly what I was hoping to be able to do.


The other part of my work, which actually goes hand-in-hand with the other parts, has been polishing off the less-tasty parts of the levels and making them either A: prettier and more atmospheric, or B: actually relevant to the gameplay.

A big problem with some of my older work was a tendency to add areas that could be seen, but not explored. Things that you'd see in the distance, and maybe even want to explore, that were little more than window dressings. After playing Penumbra: Overture and Dark Souls again, these things started to nag at the back of my mind while I worked, until I finally decided that something needed to be done about them.

This led me to the very difficult task of connecting previously inaccessible areas of the game to the parts that you could actually go to. In a perfect world, this would only mean adding hallways and stairwells between two rooms, but it's rarely that simple. The connection process usually involves tearing out entire corners or sides of the two different areas, and then forcibly joining them together in a way that they were not originally designed to do. When the ordeal is over, we're left with a more interesting and enjoyable level overall, but I'd be hard-pressed to call it a happy reunion.

That's all I've got for this Dev Log, hope you found it interesting, maybe even a little entertaining. Next time, I want to show off some of the new particles systems and lighting entities I've been cooking up. Should be fun.

I remain,


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Hello dear stalkers! A teaser mini-site is online for a few hours! Code-name: [iF.]. What is it all about? What about the progress of Episode 1?!

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Physics are cool, but school is not. *drops mic* *hastily picks it back up to check if it's broken*

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plysek Apr 16 2012 says:

I somehow don't like this game, i only played demo thought... i can't decide if buy it or not...

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Dawn0fHel Apr 18 2012 replied:

trust me you WONT regret it at all

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DoctorRoXo Apr 16 2012 says:

only $5. now i gotta get it.

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Brokolino Apr 16 2012 says:

I have a question: does the Desura version of Amnesia support different languages?

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frictionalgames Apr 16 2012 replied:

Yes English, Deutsch, Espa├▒ol, Francais, Italiano, Russian

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player100 Apr 15 2012 says:

its awesome

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Can-O-Nuke Apr 15 2012 says:

This is the scariest game i have played. Low graphics or little bugs etc... I don't care. 5 people vs 500 people. It's not fair to judge them with ea's, konami's games etc... This is an indie game but still more scary then silent hill series. (I'm serious, silent hill's rediculous)
This is the only game that scares 35 years old man. (not me I'm 15 LoL and I don't know why I can sleep easily after played this game :)) We wait for other amnesia games frictional games! We love your games! Have a nice day everybody thanks for reading.

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Overlord1965 Apr 14 2012 buried:


Keep voting bad karma seriously!
Real mature guys...

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Nominee Apr 16 2012 replied:

Well, you shouldn't have been a ****, then.
You can give an opinion without being an ***.

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Overlord1965 Apr 11 2012 buried:


And stop voting bad karma its true

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TheJP3372 Apr 11 2012 replied:

Doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad game either. Frictional Games is a INDIE developer, they have their limits in resources and manpower. If you want to play a AAA Horror game go play silent hill or something and stop trolling this nicely done game.

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TheFriendlyBasilisk Apr 21 2012 replied:

Actually I think that even Silent Hill is nothing compared to Amnesia.

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Highest Rated (42 agree) 10/10

If you like dark atmospheres and intense plots full of suspense and psycological terror, such as those found in games like Silent Hill, Diablo 1,or S.T.A.L.K.E.R SoC, then this is the game for you.

Amnesia - the Dark Descent redefines it's genre.

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Lowest Rated (19 agree) 1/10

uhh look at me im an idiot

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