Developer Frictional Games has released an update for the PlayStation 4 version of SOMA, its superb underwater horror adventure, adding the 'Safe Mode' option that arrived on Xbox One and PC at the end of last year.
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Last week, developer Frictional Games announced that it would soon be adding a 'Safe Mode' to its superb existential deep-sea horror SOMA. At the time, it said that the new mode would enable players to "explore the story without being eaten by monsters". Now, however, it's offered a few more details on how Safe Mode will ultimately unfold.
Amnesia developer Frictional Games' superb existential sea horror SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st, and it'll include a new monster-free 'Safe Mode'.
Philosophical sci-fi horror game Soma, Frictional Games' 2015 successor to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, is coming to Xbox One.
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Frictional's heady sci-fi horror adventure Soma has shifted over a quarter million copies. Despite that, it hasn't been profitable. But it's close!
A couple of months back someone made a mod for Alien: Isolation that effectively removed the titular xenomorph from the game. Now someone has followed suit with Frictional's freaky subterranean sci-fi saga Soma, by modding it so the monsters don't harm the player.
Need something scary to play on PC or Mac this weekend? Considered the Steam Halloween Sale? You'll get the fright of your life when you check your bank account on Monday!
Frictional's latest sci-fi horror game Soma has shifted 92k copies since it launched last week on PS4 and PC, the developer announced.
Your choices matter. This statement has been slightly reworded in the disclaimer of many a video game story. Recent Telltale titles, Until Dawn, Mass Effect, and David Cage games have gone out of their way to explain that you, the player, can influence the outcome of their narrative.
Frictional's latest sci-fi horror adventure Soma is a clever piece of philosophical pondering wrapped up in a stylish H.R. Giger-inspired package. To further flesh out its ominous universe, Frictional is releasing a series of live-action webisodes set as a prequel to the game.
It's only been five years since Frictional Games unleashed Amnesia: The Dark Descent on unsuspecting PC gamers, revolutionising horror games in the process. Its combination of utter helplessness, disorientating sanity effects and physics-based interactions made for an experience that was unusually absorbing and truly scary. That it was light on story and simple in mechanics felt beside the point.
Publisher: Frictional Games
Under the sea, no one can hear you scream. More to the point, no one can tell you've wet yourself either.
SOMA looks like an interesting beast. Billing it as a spiritual successor to the Amnesia series, Fractional Games has taken a bold step away from straight-laced survival horror and toward science-fiction, as the Philip K. Dick quote emblazoned across the game's website can attest.
It's all very intriguing but, given that I am a coward and have not even slightly played the preview build we were sent, I have now run out of things to say about SOMA while sounding even remotely clued up. Ian's given the first third of the game a proper going over, however, so he's poised and ready to tell you all about it in the video below.
Be ye warned: while Ian's taken every effort to avoid spoilers in his preview, he does go so far as to describe a few enemy types and give away a tiny bit about the game's setting. If you'd rather go in completely cold with SOMA, you might want to click away. Perhaps you'd rather watch a charming dog walk around a shop?
Soma, the upcoming survival horror from Amnesia: The Dark Descent developer Frictional Games, launches on 22nd September.
Soma is headed to PC, Mac plus Linux via Steam, and also to PlayStation 4 as a digital-only title.
The game's story is set in a dilapidated deep sea research facility - think BioShock meets Dead Space.
Science-fiction horror game Soma is set under the sea, developer Frictional Games has revealed.
The voice in my head is not the voice in my game. That's what I keep thinking as I play the early stages of Soma, Frictional's upcoming spiritual successor to Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Like Amnesia, Soma is a first-person horror game. Unlike Amnesia, your character talks this time around. Unfortunately, he displays fraught peril of a man running late for a date.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent developer Frictional has released a slew of new details about its upcoming first-person sci-fi horror game Soma.
Studio founder Thomas Grip explained on the PlayStation Blog that the studio is on the cusp of having a playable build of the game's first five hours, out of a roughly eight hour game. He explained that unlike most games, Frictional couldn't build an ugly prototype to test the mechanics, because the game's atmosphere is the mechanics as it's all about how it feels to explore this haunted spaceship.
"Soma doesn't rely on a core gameplay loop - such as shooting baddies or jumping platforms - to create a sense of fun," Grip explained. "Instead, you'll take part in a wide range of activities; it's impossible to narrow it down to one. You'll search for notes, solve puzzles, hide from dangers, explore unsettling places, take part in strange events and sometimes just run away. All of these come together with the graphics and soundscape to create a larger whole. This means that we couldn't properly test Soma without having all of these things implemented in a fairly final state."
Amnesia developer Frictional Games has released a new trailer for SOMA, its next horror game due out in 2015 for PC and PlayStation 4.
Amnesia developer Frictional Games has unveiled its new horror game SOMA, due out in 2015 for PC and PlayStation 4.