Frictional Games, the studio behind horror game classics like Amensia: The Dark Descent and SOMA, appears to be teasing their next project with a mysterious update to its website, according to a report from RockPaperShotgun.
Frictional appears to have updated their website sometime around the holiday, adding a new entry to the site’s “games” tab. The new listing is simply called “Next Frictional Game,” but where things get somewhat interesting is what happens when you click on the link.
Clicking the link actually takes you to a separate site similarly titled “nextfrictionalgame.com.” A pulsating image/animation of some kind is featured front and center, potentially offering some minor clue as to what Frictional may be working on.
The image resembles a brain neuron, but there’s no way to be sure until Frictional makes a statement or announces new information. A brain neuron wouldn’t be out of line for the horror game studio, considering both Amnesia and SOMA dealt heavily with the nature of sanity and, in the case of SOMA, what it means to be truly human.
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Frictional Games has been remarkably quiet since releasing SOMA back in 2015, which IGN reviewed quite favorably. Frictional’s last big update was adding a mode to SOMA that let players become invisible to the monsters so they could just enjoy the game’s story. Meanwhile, 2013’s Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs was actually developed by The Chinese Room, known for developing Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.
All that said, Frictional Games’ creative director Thomas Grip said in a 2017 interview that the studio was working on two projects, one of which wouldn’t be horror.
“We want to spread out on what Frictional does,” said Grip. “We don’t just want to be ‘the horror guys.'” At the time of the interview, the themes of the new project hadn’t yet been completely decided, but Grip expressed interesting in exploring the “depressing facts about the world and making them into an experience.”
If you’re looking for some spooky games to start off your 2020 with, check out our ranking of the scariest games of the PS4/Xbox One generation.
Where do you think Frictional Games might go with their next project? Let us know in the comments.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN, and he’s ready for another brain-melting trip with Frictional.