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Steam’s pioneering scariest game gets official mod support

Amnesia The Dark Descent helped pioneer a wave of horror games beloved by the Twitch and YouTube crowd, and it just got scarier with Steam Workshop mod support.

Amnesia The Dark Descent adds Steam Workshop mod support - The Brute, a humanoid figure with torn rags for clothing and a misshapen, mangled face.

Amnesia The Dark Descent was a special moment in gaming. The original Amnesia, released by developer Frictional Games in 2010, was one of the first real standout horror games that broke big on the YouTube scene. Sure, scary games weren’t a new idea, far from it – even Doom had its own moments of terror back in 1993 – but Amnesia felt new and exciting, and it led us into a world of watching others, people we might not even know, screaming, cowering, and crying their way around its misty corridors.

With the Amnesia The Bunker release date imminent, Frictional Games has a special present for us fans. “In anticipation of Amnesia The Bunker we’ve decided to enable Steam Workshop for Amnesia The Dark Descent,” the developer announces on its Steam store page.

“We are well aware (and in awe) of the countless mods and custom stories made throughout the years – and now we’ve finally ensured that you can publish and install them smoothly here via Steam,” it continues. “So if you have made any Amnesia mods [and have them] lying around, go wild and fill this space with your creations!”

As Frictional Games notes, there’s been plenty of mods created over the years, ranging from minor tweaks to full custom stories. Whatever you’re looking for, whether it be Dark Souls-inspired levels, celebrations of Silent Hill, full-tilt jumpscare factories, or entirely original tales, there’s probably a wealth of mods ready to deliver upon your exact desires.

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Modding, however, can be an intimidating process – it’s often easier than you’d think, but we know that some people find the process of fiddling around with your game files, even on a basic level, scarier than the watery footsteps of the invisible Kaernk in Amnesia’s cellars. The Steam Workshop is perhaps the simplest and most reassuring way to get into modding with minimal worry, so it’s good to see it get official support.

Of course, it’ll likely be some time until all the biggest and best Amnesia mods make their way onto the Steam Workshop. Some creators may have moved on, or be content to leave their work on third-party sites. However, we’re sure this news will lead to plenty of cool (and horrifying) reasons to return to the first Amnesia again.

Check in on our guide to the Amnesia The Bunker demo to see how to survive Frictional’s new game, and browse through more of the best upcoming games in 2023, or take your mind off this whole endeavour with the most relaxing games instead.