The developers believe horror is certainly less about threat and more about the unknown. Frictional attributes Amnesia: The Dark Descent as a game that pushed the button on the growing fear of knowledge found in our society, stating that most people would prefer to believe that monsters only exist in the dark forever rather than admit that they exist in real life. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs does not push this button, and prides itself on not wanting to push any buttons. It's not an accidental coincidence that The Dark Descent and The Dark Descent: Impact were both released on 8 September 2010, for the American Day of the Dead, Halloween, free of charge. Amnesia co-creator Thomas Grip said the series had become increasingly influenced by Amnesia Data Collection, and that Amnesia: The Dark Descent was a lesson in humility for him, feeling he had not learned from past mistakes.
According to Zsók, they often neglected to explain the philosophy of the game or their game goals, resulting in potential players simply being interested in playing Amnesia, as opposed to becoming devoted fans of the company. Frictional's reputation for popularity is partly due to their approach of not abandoning the Amnesia franchise by replacing it with a new game. Instead, following the trend of games like The Walking Dead and the Silent Hill series of titles, Frictional has kept the Amnesia series alive by updating it in various ways. According to the Frictional Games website, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs was not just a sequel to Amnesia (2010), but a new original concept that would have another \"angle on the Amnesia series\". For Fear of Flying (2010), Frictional decided to replace the engine used for Amnesia with a 3D engine, and to go for an intimate gameplay experience, instead of the third-person perspective used for all previous Amnesia titles.
The front end of the game displays a quote from Robert Wilson's book, The Black Sun: Forces of Darkness in Renaissance Culture, which outlines the philosophical and symbolic aspects of horror. According to Wilson, horror is nothing more than our constant struggle to overcome death and assure our survival as a species. 7211a4ac4a