Amnesia: Rebirth is Frictional Games’ upcoming sequel to the highly popular horror game Amnesia: The Dark Descent. In a gameplay video, players got the chance to see a preview of Rebirth’s graphics, mechanisms, and tools. Set in the Algerian desert–a marked difference from The Dark Descent’s gloomy castle–the protagonist, Tasi Trianon, explores a broken-down tank in a dusty outdoor setting and a corpse-laden indoor area.
We see the inventory system in action as Trianon grabs a key in the tank. The lighting actions present in The Dark Descent are also here in Rebirth, but with a twist. Trianon makes her way through dark rooms and corridors with matches and needs to quickly light lamps placed in rooms. It also appears that Trianon eventually finds a handheld oil lamp, which certainly makes running away from monsters easier.
As Frictional Games shared on PlayStation’s Blog, the developers wanted to keep the players’ ability to light torches and candles in dark areas in Rebirth, but felt that the tinderboxes in The Dark Descent didn’t fit in the context of Rebirth’s 1930s setting. The change to matches, though slight, does make a difference in gameplay.