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Frictional Games has announced via their blog and a trailer, that the popular survival horror series Amnesia is going to become available on the PlayStation 4 in a collection called Amnesia: Collection. The collection is set to be released November 22nd and will be available digitally. The collection will retail at $29.99 but people with a PlayStation Plus membership will get a 10% discount on the collection at launch and for a few weeks after that.
The games included will be Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Amnesia: Justine, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. The games in the collection are going to be the same quality as the PC versions except with the inclusion of some console friendly GUI modifications and the addition of trophies in the games. All the games will be 1080p and, with the exception of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, which suffered from performance issues, all the games will be in 60 fps. In the same blog post, Frictional Games also shot down any rumors about VR integrations for Amnesia since the process for converting the games into that format “Would require substantial reengineering not to mention redesign of the gameplay.” There will also not be mod support for any of the Amnesia games on the PlayStation 4.
The trailer promoting the launch of the collection was itself sort of interesting. The trailer consisted of Let’s Play footage from a variety of streamers who played the game. This highlights this relatively newer aspect of video game media that has become incredibly prominent in recent years. Amnesia along with other survival horror games like Outlast and Slender all have taken an important place in that. In that sense the trailer is sort of a progressive way to market a game, as more often than not people will play more obscure or under the radar games if they see their favorites Let’s Player or streamer playing them. As Frictional Games themselves put it,
There’s already a huge amount of gameplay footage for Amnesia online and it felt boring to just do another standard trailer. We felt we wanted to make something different and got the idea of showing off some early Let’s Plays, given that Amnesia was released around the time of the first explosion of the Let’s Play phenomenon.
The trailer for Amnesia: Collection can be seen below.