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Amnesia: The Bunker is a survival horror adventure video game, developed and published by Frictional Games. It was first announced on December 1, 2022 and released on June 6th, 2023.[1][7][4][5][6] It is the fourth installment of the Amnesia series.

The game is set during World War I, where the player will take on the role as the French soldier Henri Clément, as he tries to unravel the mysteries of the eponymous bunker, while at the same time trying to find his way out of it.

Frictional Games described the game as being semi-open world, with elements of the game being randomized, allowing for greater levels of replayability.[8] Deviating from past entries in the Amnesia franchise, The Bunker also introduced several new mechanics, such as a crafting system and the ability for the player to defend themselves using a revolver.[9]


Amnnesia: The Bunker, like its predecessors, is a first-person, survival horror, adventure game. Except for a few events, the main enemy's behaviour, et cetera, are dynamic for the game's greater replayability, unlike in the previous games.[10]



Amnesia: The Bunker is set in "a desolate WW1 Bunker".[9] The playable character, Henri Clement, is a French soldier on the Western Front, i.e. somewhere on the line of battle between France and Germany within the former, or possibly within Belgium.

French soldiers pushing through enemy barbed wire, 1915 (49913128013)

"French infantry pushing through enemy barbed wire, 1915." (colorized)[11]

The game takes place sometime during the year 1916, in or after July. At this point in the war, the Battle of Verdun had been ongoing for roughly five months, since 21 February, with the French on the defensive, and the Somme Offensive had more recently begun on 2 July, with attacks conducted by the British and French against German-held positions.[12][13] Both battles proceeded with extremely costly outcomes for both the Allies (namely France and Britain) and the German Empire. By May, French casualties[note 1] at Verdun were as high as 185,000 men, and German casualties by the following month totaled roughly 200,000 men.[12] Meanwhile, during the course of the Battle of the Somme, over five months, the casualties totalled 650,000 from the Germans, 420,000 from the British, and 195,000 from the French — approximately 1,265,000 casualties on both sides.[14]


The story starts with Henri Clement sprinting across an active battlefield during the First World War. The player assumes control of Henri upon entering one of the trenches. Henri traverses through the trench network, being ambushed by a squad of German soldiers, who are then gunned down by Henri's closest friend Augustin Lambert, who instructs Henri to keep pushing towards their rendezvous point. Ultimately, the Germans gas the trenches with Henri seemingly close to death before Lambert arrives, gives Henri a gas mask, and guides him to safety. (This prologue acts as the game's tutorial level.)

What follows is a blurry memory with the sound of Henri and Augustin hatting as they played a game of chance with dice. Henri wins the game with a sleight-of-hand trick and Augustin, as part of their wager, has to go on patrol that evening in place of Henri, who had been ordered by Sgt. Stéphane Joubert (In a later journal entry, Henri thinks that Joubert did this because the sergeant suspected both of them were involved in a mutiny).

The following scene is set in No Man's Land with Henri traversing the battlefield alone and at night with only his revolver. He soon comes across a deep crater filled with water. Inside the crater is Augustin, lying wounded against a rock and a signal flare he had lit earlier to signal for help. Henri climbs down and offers his friend a canteen filled with the suspiciously invigorating spring water before dragging out. As Henri carries Augustin back to French lines, they are spotted by the Germans who open fire. Henri is then incapacitated in a mortar strike, dropping Augustin and fading into unconsciousness.

Some time later, Henri wakes up in the medical ward of the Central Bunker. Henri quickly discovers that something terrible has happened in the bunker while he was in a coma as he comes across signs of violence, blood, and mutilated bodies. Salvaging a wind-up German flashlight, Henri traverses the bunker where he comes across a dying Sdt. Boisrond in the officer's mess hall. Boisrond explains that a monster had attacked the bunker garrison and directs him to blow open the exit as it had been sealed by their officers when they fled, trapping the rest of the garrison inside. He gives Henri his revolver, pleading with the latter to end his life so as to spare him a gruesome death at the hands of the Beast. Unfortunately, Boisrond is quickly killed by the Beast before Henri could carry out his wish.

Henri is now fully on his own and resolves to escape the bunker regardless of the war raging outside. He salvages various equipment throughout the bunker to enable him to break out. Throughout his journey, he collects letters, journal entries, and various bits of paraphernalia left behind by his now-deceased fellow soldiers detailing how the horrific events in the bunker transpired. From the discovery of ancient Roman tunnels leading to the German lines to a sabotage attempt by delirious soldiers and the truth behind the Beast that was now prowling the bunker.

After much effort, Henri finally triggers an explosion at the sealed entrance only to discover a tunnel leading deeper underground, into an ancient structure further below the bunker. This now leads to Henri's ultimate encounter with the Beast. In this final confrontation, the Beast will fully emerge from the tunnels and will stop at nothing to kill Henri before he escapes. Using his wits and whatever equipment he has left, Henri will either have to kill the Beast or outsmart it long enough for him to clamber over the walls blocking his escape and through a set of stairs leading upwards. Regardless of what happens, Henri follows a shaft of light at the end of the alien tunnel. He pushes himself through the rocks and debris and manages to finally escape onto the surface before tumbling down into a huge crater filled with the half-eaten remains of his comrades just as a German patrol approaches.

If Henri spares the Beast, it will emerge from the tunnel after him before it stops and roars into the sunlight. The Beast, now free, will run off into the distance. Regardless of what happens to the Beast, Henri's fate is left ambiguous as the game ends with the Germans approaching the crater, accompanied by dogs.


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"Face the oppressing terrors stalking the dark corridors. Search for and use the tools and weapons at your disposal, while keeping the lights on at all costs. Overcome fear, persevere, and make your way out alive."[9]


While the game was originally scheduled for a March release, Frictional Games announced via Twitter successive postponements of the release date. On May 12th, 2023, they announced the postponement of the full game once again, to June 6th.[4] They also announced in a subsequent that a Demo version of The Bunker would release on the prior-promised date of May 23rd.[2] The demo released May 24th to Steam.[3]



The Bunker has reviewed by IGN[15] and PC Gamers.[16] IGN stated "The Bunker, so far, feels like an exciting and still terrifying move forward for the Amnesia series". PC Gamers noted several details about the game.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic PC: 77/100[17]
Review scores
Publication Score
Adventure Gamers 4/5 starsStar fullStar fullStar fullStar empty[18]
Eurogamer 4/5 starsStar fullStar fullStar fullStar empty[19]
GameSpot 8/10[20]
GamesRadar 4/5 starsStar fullStar fullStar fullStar empty[21]
IGN 8/10[22]
PC Gamer (US) 93%[23]
Polygon Polygon Recommends[24]
Techradar 4/5 starsStar fullStar fullStar fullStar empty[25]


  • It is possible to indirectly measure how much in-game time has passed. This can be done via adding fuel to the generator and starting it, synchronizing the stopwatch. A generator full of fuel will run for 60 in-game minutes. This is approximately equal to 20 real-life minutes on Normal difficulty.
  • The game takes place in 1916, 77 years after the events of The Dark Descent, 17 years after A Machine for Pigs, and 21 years before Rebirth.


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  1. "Casualty" refers to not only dead soldiers, but also those who are wounded, captured, or missing.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Amnesia: The Bunker is OUT NOW on: PC (Steam, Epic, GOG, Humble); Xbox One and Series X|S; PS4... Watch the launch trailer below". frictionalgames, @frictionalgames. Accessed 6 June 2023. Published 12 May 2023. Twitter.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Small bump in time - the free Amnesia: The Bunker demo is launching May 23rd!" frictionalgames, @frictionalgames. Accessed 22 May 2023. Published 22 May 2023. Twitter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Amnesia: The Bunker DEMO is available on Steam! Trapped in a WW1 bunker, a relentless monster stalks you. Survival depends on finding tools, crafting items, and keeping the lights on. Full game launches on June 6 [steam store link]" frictionalgames, @frictionalgames. Accessed 24 May 2023. Published 23 May 2023. Twitter.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "The release of Amnesia: The Bunker has been delayed by two weeks due to unforseen certification issues. This decision is crucial
    to ensure we do not ship the game with these issues. The extra time will allow us to rectify the problem and ensure the best possible gameplay experience upon release. We thank you for
    your understanding and patience. Amnesia: The Bunker will be available on Steam, Epic Games
    Store, GOG, PlayStation, and Xbox on June 6 On a more positive note, we have a FREE DEMO coming to Steam on May 22, so mark the date!" frictionalgames, @frictionalgames. Accessed 12 May 2023. Published 12 May 2023. Twitter.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Tomorrow, something wicked comes... 9 AM CEST | 7 AM UTC | 12 AM PT". frictionalgames, @frictionalgames. Accessed 6 June 2023. Published 5 June 2023. Twitter.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Amnesia: The Bunker is OUT NOW!" frictionalgames, @frictionalgames. Accessed 6 June 2023. Published 12 May 2023. Twitter.
  7. "Announcing Amnesia: The Bunker!", Oskar Larsson. Accessed 24 May 2023. Published 1 December 2022.
  8. "Amnesia: The Bunker promises a 'semi-open world' with sandbox-style survival horror." Accessed 2 December 2022. Published 1 December 2022. PC Gamer, Future US Inc..
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Amnesia: The Bunker store page. Steam, Valve Corporation.
  10. Video of Frictional Games' Creative Lead. Published 2 June 2023.
  11. File:French soldiers pushing through enemy barbed wire, 1915 (49913128013).png [Internet]. Accessed 15 June 2023. Last revised 26 March 2023. Wikimedia Commons.,_1915_(49913128013).png&oldid=744088847.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Battle of Verdun." Accessed 29 May 2023. Last revised 23 May 2023. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation.
  13. "Battle of the Somme." Accessed 29 May 2023. Last revised 22 May 2023. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation.
  14. "Battle of the Somme summary." Encyclopedia Brittanica. Accessed 29 May 2023. Last revised 29 April 2021.
  15. Amnesia: The Bunker Feels Like A New Beginning For The Series
  16. 12 takeaways after an hour with the next Amnesia game, which contains exactly one gun
  17. "Amnesia: The Bunker for PC Reviews." Metacritic. Accessed 24 June 2023.
  18. "Review for Amnesia: The Bunker." Adventure Gamers. Accessed 24 June 2023. Published 15 June 2023.
  19. "Amnesia: The Bunker review - survival horror that's dark in all the right ways." Eurogamer. Accessed 24 June 2023. Published 5 June 2023.
  20. "Amnesia: The Bunker Review - Shellshocked." Gamespot. Accessed 24 June 2023. 5 June 2023.
  21. "Amnesia: The Bunker review: 'A bold new direction for the series'." GamesRadar+. Accessed 24 June 2023. Published 4 June 2023.
  22. "Amnesia: The Bunker Review." Accessed 24 June 2023. Published 5 June 2023.
  23. "Amnesia: The Bunker review." PC Gamer. Accessed 24 June 2023. Published 4 June 2023.
  24. "Amnesia: The Bunker marks an evolution for one of the best horror series." Polygon. Accessed 24 June 2023. Published 16 June 2023.
  25. "Amnesia: The Bunker Review - too scary for its own good." Forbes. Accessed 24 June 2023. Published 4 June 2023.

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