We wish it didn’t happen because the new release date is not a lucky one for Frictional Games’ next game…
Frictional Games has previously scheduled to release the latest installment in the Amnesia franchise, The Bunker, set in World War I, on May 23. The studio has had to change that plan, and Fredrik Olsson, creative lead of Amnesia: The Bunker, has announced in a statement that the launch has been moved to June 6, but this time, they’ve not been shy. They have explained the reason behind the delay rather than trying to make the audience bored with some boring PR nonsense…
“We are going through the certification process, and we have encountered multiple rare crashes that are very difficult to identify, reproduce, and fix. We simply can’t make it in time. The alternative would’ve been to ask the team to work weekends or nights, but that’s simply not something we do here at Frictional,” Olsson said. So instead of crunching, they’re taking it easy and not rushing it out at the appointed time in a critically sub-optimal condition. It’s a recent mistake by Electronic Arts (Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, but Dead Space Remake was a bit of a mess on PC) and Microsoft (Redfall), and in the latter case, the PC port of the game was a flop after a significant delay. (It’s not much better on console, but that’s beside the point…)
However, June 6 is not a good idea. We don’t understand why Frictional Games chose this date, as it’s the same day that Diablo IV launches on all consoles (except Nintendo Switch), and since there will be a PC version of it, Activision Blizzard’s game (which will, as usual, face crashing servers, we’d bet money on that) will get a lot more attention.
So Amnesia: The Bunker will be released on June 6 for Xbox Series, PC (Steam, Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. A Steam demo drops on May 22.
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