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Frictional Games AB is an independent video game company led by Thomas Grip and Jens Nilsson.


Frictional Games is located in Helsingborg, Sweden and specializes in the survival horror genre. They are the creators of the highly successful horror series Penumbra and Amnesia: The Dark Descent, as well as sci-fi horror game SOMA. All of their titles use their in-house game engine "HPL".



Old logo. (2006-2007)

Their first commercially released video game was the 2007 first-person survival horror game Penumbra: Overture. Penumbra itself was originally a tech demo created in 2006, designed to show off the technology of the HPL engine. Penumbra: Overture was followed by its sequel Penumbra: Black Plague in 2008, and then later in 2008 they released an expansion for Penumbra: Black Plague called Penumbra: Requiem.

The first-person fantasy survival horror game Amnesia: The Dark Descent is Frictional Games' fourth game. It was released in 2010 and introduces the second version of their HPL engine. It received highly positive reviews, and John Walker of Rock, Paper, Shotgun has said that he finds Amnesia to be "[...]the most successfully frightening game to have been made.".[1]

On April 12, 2011, Frictional Games released a free DLC for Amnesia: The Dark Descent for owners of the Steam version of the game. Amnesia: Justine was released to promote the upcoming release of VALVe's game, Portal 2. On April 18, they joined Valve to celebrate the release of their first game.

Frictional Games

Old logo. (2007-2013)

On September 10, 2013, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs was released. A sequel to 2010's The Dark Descent, it was developed by The Chinese Room and released by Frictional Games. After A Machine for Pigs, they worked on developing HPL 3, the third version of their in-house engine, as well as sci-fi horror game SOMA. SOMA was released on September 22, 2015, to critical acclaim.

In a blog post written by Thomas Grip and published on Frictional Games' Blogspot on the 24th of March 2016, Grip reveals that the studio is currently, and for the first time, working on two new titles at the same time.[2]

On November 22, 2016, the studio released the Amnesia: Collection for the PS4, a remastered version of the Amnesia series.

The company teased their next game on Mars 2, 2020, with a short teaser uploaded to their YouTube channel, titled I am Tasi.[3] Four days later, the game was revealed to be a third entry to the Amnesia series, titled Amnesia: Rebirth, with another trailer.[4] The game was released in Autumn 2020.

Frictional Games bagan teaser for Amnesia: The Bunker in 2022, and it was originally set to be released in late 2022. However, due to some unexpected issues, releasing of the game was delayed, and was released in 2023.


Titles Release Dates
Penumbra (Tech Demo) (Non-commercial and free-to-play) (2006) - Windows
Penumbra: Overture (2007) - Windows, MAC OS X, Linux
Penumbra: Black Plague (2008) - Windows, MAC OS X, Linux
Penumbra: Requiem (2008) - Windows, MAC OS X, Linux
Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2010) - Windows, MAC OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Amnesia: Justine (2011) - Windows, MAC OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (2013) - Windows, MAC OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
SOMA (2015) - Windows, MAC OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Amnesia: Rebirth (2020) - Windows, MAC OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Amnesia: The Bunker (2023) - Windows, MAC OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One