OverviewFrictional Games is an independent game development company located in Helsingborg, the south of Sweden. It was co-founded by Thomas Grip and Jens Nilsson. They created their own 3D engine: HPL.
The studio is known for its Penumbra horror franchise, a series of games that originated out of a tech demo for their 3D engine. The games combine elements from classic adventure games with a dynamic environment based on a physics engine and a 1st-person action setting largely based on stealth. Two games have been released so far, Overture (2007) and Penumbra: Black Plague (2008) (as well as the expansion Requiem).
In September 2008 the company announced it was working on a new survival horror game set in the 18th century. This was later revealed to be Amnesia: The Dark Descent. After three years of development, it was finally released on September 8, 2010.
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Related Web Sites
- Frictional Games (official website)
- Frictional Games On Penumbra And The Future (interview with Jens Nilsson (Sound Director) and Thomas Grip (Lead Programmer), about the Penumbra series and the future of the company, on Rock, Paper, Shotgun (17th February 2009))
- In The Games of Madness (A blog run by the company which provides frequent updates on its state and the games it has in development, as well as "unspeakable thoughts on horror game design and development".)