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Amnesia: Rebirth’s New Mode Has Fewer Scares, More Puzzles

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We did our best to approximate what Amnesia: Rebirth might look like with no monsters.
We did our best to approximate what Amnesia: Rebirth might look like with no monsters.
Screenshot: Frictional Games / Kotaku

Amnesia: Rebirth is so scary that the developers at Frictional Games added a new Adventure Mode to the PC version today, with a similar update planned for PlayStation in a few weeks.

Much like what Frictional did with SOMA’s Safe Mode, Amnesia: Rebirth’s new Adventure Mode makes enemies more passive, brightens up dark areas, and removes the game’s fear mechanic, which in the normal game can attract monsters and even result in a game over if it gets out of control. The developers also threw in some new puzzles to flesh out the experience.

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“The reason behind Adventure Mode is that we know that there are tons of people out there who can’t really stomach horror but that would love other aspects of a game like Amnesia: Rebirth,” creative lead Fredrik Olsson explained in a video announcing the mode. “It has a strong narrative, interesting story, cool environments, and of course a pretty unique theme. All of these things are things that we hope Adventure Mode will help introduce to new players.”

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While it’s impossible to remove everything that may give someone the heebie-jeebies, Amnesia: Rebirth’s new Adventure Mode sounds as encompassing as possible. I think it’s super cool that developers are starting to think outside the box when it comes to accessibility in video games, and I very much hope this trend continues.