The Amnesia The Bunker release date announcement came as something of a surprise to indie horror fans. While 2013’s Amnesia A Machine For Pigs failed to capture the zeitgeist of its own progenitor, Amnesia Rebirth was a welcome return to the series’ roots in 2022. It also included lore developments that raise more questions than answers, leaving the series ripe for a sequel.
Beyond the Amnesia The Bunker release date, we don’t know too much about the upcoming sequel. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is undoubtedly one of the best PC games of all time, and is widely credited with kickstarting the revival of survival horror. With such a strong pedigree, it’s fair to say that Amnesia The Bunker has a lot of expectations riding on it. Here’s everything we know ahead of the release date.
Amnesia The Bunker release date window
The Amnesia The Bunker release date is June 6, 2023. It was originally scheduled to release some time in March, but Frictional confirmed the latest delay on Twitter, citing unforeseen certification issues. However, this announcement also came with confirmation that a free demo is on its way to Steam on May 22, so eager fans can get their hands on it sooner.
Amnesia The Bunker story
In Amnesia The Bunker, you assume the role of Henri Clément, a French WW1 soldier trapped in the eponymous bunker. While finding a means to escape, you must uncover the whereabouts of your fellow soldiers, as well as the mystery behind the bunker itself. Oh, did we also mention the nightmarish creature stalking you? We don’t really know what it looks like yet, but promotional art suggests that teeth and claws are its main characteristics.
While the Amnesia series appeared to be moving forward through time, The Bunker’s WW1 setting precedes the events of Rebirth by several decades. It’s possible we may encounter some sly references to Tasi’s harrowing journey through the Algerian desert, while learning more about The Other World at the heart of the series’ story.
Amnesia The Bunker gameplay
Frictional Games has slowly been releasing gameplay clips and trailers over on their YouTube channel. We can surmise from these small glimpses, as well as our own hands-on experience with the Amnesia The Bunker preview at GDC, that Amnesia The Bunker appears to stick to the core tenets of the series: dark corridors, a terrifying creature, and tons of puzzles to solve.
However, its trailer and forecast some major gameplay changes coming to the series. Henri wields an old service revolver with a single bullet in the chamber, and screenshots posted to the game’s official website include an action shot of pulling the pin on a grenade. We can only conclude that you gain some means to defend yourself in the eponymous bunker, albeit rarely.
The initial teaser trailer also revealed that the iconic lantern is being replaced with a WW1 dynamo torch. Conserving lantern oil is a big priority in previous games, but retiring this mechanic in favour of a light source that requires making a lot of noise to operate creates a whole new problem when you’re being stalked by an eldritch monstrosity.
While Amnesia games are traditionally very linear, The Bunker bucks the trend with a semi open-world to explore. This newfound freedom means we can expect a divergence from scripted events, making the horrors lurking in the shadows more unpredictable. Non-linearity also allows for multiple solutions to puzzles, so you’re less likely to hit a dead end while trying to progress.
Ultimately, bringing variety to both the scares and the exploration means Amnesia The Bunker is certain to offer far more replayability than its predecessors; just because you’ve reached the ending doesn’t mean you’ve experienced everything in the mysterious bunker.
There’s still plenty of time to go before the Amnesia The Bunker release date. In the meantime, why not check out some of the best horror games currently available to tide you over? We’ve also got a list of some of the best indie games if you’re a fan of ambitious games running on a tight budget.