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Frictional Games AB is a small, 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, as well as sci-fi horror game SOMA. All of their titles use their in-house game engine "HPL".


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.

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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 game.

On September 10th, 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 22nd, 2016, the studio released the Amnesia: Collection for the PS4, a remastered version of the Amnesia trilogy.


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 (On Amnesia Collection)
Amnesia: Justine (2011) - Windows, MAC OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4 (On Amnesia Collection)
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (2013) - Windows, MAC OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4 (On Amnesia Collection)
SOMA (2015) - Windows, MAC OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Secret 1 (TBA)
Secret 2 (TBA)