Amnesia Postmortem

Amnesia postmortem on the Frictional Games Website reflecting on the first week of availability of the survival horror game from the creators of the Penumbra series (thanks joao). The post outlines a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that, as is reflected by comments in the forums here, the game has been very well received, both by critics, and by gamers, as reviews from both have even exceeded their optimistic expectations. The bad news is that sales of the game are trailing a little below the level they need to remain in business, expressing concern that a day 0 pirate version of the game was available 24 hours before its retail release, as apparently some unscrupulous website leaked their review copy. Here's part of their assessment of this situation: "This is of course not all the income we will make from the game, but is still a bit discouraging when comparing to recent XBLA releases and similar. So why is [sic] not sales [sic] higher? Piracy? People waiting for future massive discounted sales? Game too scary / niched? Right now we have not got a clue, but hopefully it will become clearer further on." Here's their conclusion:
On almost all fronts, we area extremely pleased with this release. It has in many ways exceeded our expectations and it makes all the hard work, pay cuts, etc worth it in the end.

The most distressing thing is the sales though. Even though we are far from complaining, it feels like we do not have the financial security we would like to have, to truly be able to focus on making the best game possible. So what should we do? The things we have discussed include: Increase the cost of the game, doing a console port instead of Linux/Mac, do a less niche title and more. Now is too soon to make a decision though and we have to see how the coming weeks and months go.

Finally, I know I say this a lot but we truly mean it: Thanks to all who have supported us by buying the game, spreading the word, and what not. We hope you all will continue supporting us in the future as well! All of Frictional Games sends their finest regards and thanks for this support!
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Yeah my native language isn't English, though i am usually quite able to make a point. But such subjective high reference Topic like that, i think in a different language, sucks to convert that

Yes, that is exactly it - They force you to act counter to your human nature. There is absolutely NO REASON why we would go insane looking at some Enemies. Scared yes, but Insane? Theres not many things that can influence your mental state by just looking. In fact, to us hardened gamers the outlook of seeing one of these things for real would likely overwhelm any fear, and make good cash if you got your handy cam with you (you could call it, i don't know, Cloverfield....

Obviously we don't play ourselves in Amnesia, but i don't Understand why we go insane by looking at things (or in the darkness? Whats up with that? Darkness is Safety and protection, as any Thief can attest you.)

Wait.. am I nitpicking? Well tis not a bad game anyway, but its not surprising it doesn't sell truckloads - let me ask a nice evil question, would you say you had "fun" playing Amnesia? Or was it stressful?

I would classify it as mostly stressful as i found that i was incompatible with the game design. I am an 100% completion kind of guy when it comes to exploring, i explore, every single nook and cranny of a level (doesn't mean i find everything, but at least i try ;p). This is clearly not how Amnesia should be played. So maybe i just met my ultimate "Incompatible" game type.
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