New Amnesia: Rebirth Mode Removes Horror Elements and Turns It Into an ‘Indiana Jones-Style’ Adventure
Amnesia: Rebirth, the terrifying horror game from Frictional Game, has received a new, free Adventure Mode that removes the horror elements from the game. Yup, the update transforms the game into an “Indiana Jones type” of adventure, rather than a horrifying trip to the abyss.
As detailed in a new developer diary, Frictional Games has removed all monster encounters and jump scares in the game for this mode, and has more brightly lit previously-dark areas of environments. The Adventure Mode is similar to the Safe Mode added to Frictional Games’ last game, SOMA, except it goes even further to make the game less scary by removing any and all sights and sounds that impact player character Tasi’s fear, which is one of the game’s main mechanics.
“We believe that anyone who loves a good story-driven adventure game will be stoked about this new mode,” said Rebirth creative lead, Fredrik Olsson. “Not everyone is into horror and we don’t want that to block people from experiencing Tasi’s story.”
“The new mode feels a lot more like an Indiana Jones type of adventure in places where it would otherwise be more of a horror experience,” said Olsson. This is achieved through the use of new, additional puzzles. According to Frictional Games, while the change does feel different, it causes the game to feel more like a “true Lovecraftian mystery adventure novel.” That’s only fitting, since the game is already quite Lovecraftian thanks to its 1930s Algerian desert setting.
Amnesia: Rebirth still tackles its serious themes and contains its mysterious ambiance, though, according to the studio. With previously dark areas now lit in the game, Frictional Games says players “won’t have the same feeling of claustrophobia and trepidation” meaning they can “explore freely without worrying about monsters or Tasi’s mental state.”
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This new Adventure Mode is already available for free on PC and will hit the PlayStation 4 version of Amnesia: Rebirth in “the next few weeks.”
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.