Frictional Games’ Amnesia: Rebirth is being “reborn” on Xbox Game Pass as the perfect horror hit for Halloween.
Xbox recently unveiled a line-up of horror games debuting on Xbox Game Pass ahead of Halloween, with the most notable of these being 2020’s Amnesia: Rebirth. The moody and suspenseful psychological horror adventure was initially released as a PS4 console exclusive, and Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S owners and Xbox Game Pass subscribers can finally play it before the horror genre retakes a back seat after the holidays.
Developed by Frictional Games, 2010’s Amnesia: The Dark Descent created a new genre.
Amnesia: Rebirth, the latest effort from the team responsible for the Penumbra series, received a mixed reception from fans upon its release. Instead of pure horror, we got a dark story focused on trauma and hardship. Many found it to be a step in the wrong direction from the original game’s unforgettably creepy mission to fight the darkness and those lurking within. Despite this, the game eventually found its audience and the general public consensus became increasingly favourable.
Amnesia: Rebirth and the Amnesia Collection, a collection of the first two instalments in the series, will be released on Xbox Game Pass on October 20. While the former is undoubtedly the standout entry due to its previous PlayStation exclusivity, the latter, a duology of indie hits that helped redefine the psychological horror genre, should not be overlooked.
If it weren’t for Amnesia: The Dark Descent, landmark horror hits such as Outlast, Visage and even Resident Evil 7 might not have been made.
As terrifying as they are, Amnesia games aren’t the only horror games that will be released on Xbox Game Pass ahead of the Halloween holiday. Frictional Games’ acclaimed horror parade Soma will also be available, as well as Humble Games’ isometric survival horror Signalis.
Xbox Game Pass subscribers who are in the horror mood may also want to check out Scorn, an immersive action-adventure game not so far removed from the Amnesia series. Scorn was released last week as an Xbox console exclusive. While it’s been somewhat divisive due to its gameplay issues, it’s still a satisfyingly sick six-hour series that checks many of the same boxes as new Game Pass arrival Amnesia: Rebirth.