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Frictional's Chilling Soma Heads To Beta

by Matt Helgeson on Apr 15, 2015 at 01:30 PM

The new game from the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent is inching closer to release.

Frictional announced the news on its blog today, and also revealed a little bit about what that means:

"So what does it mean? Well it means that we now have a build of SOMA that contains all of our desired features. There are still a few bits of art, a few sounds etc. missing, but the game is pretty much complete content-wise. We've sent this build out to around 40 people to test and once we start getting feedback in we'll discuss how best to spend our remaining development time. At this time in development there isn't much room to make big changes. If it turns out that something doesn't work at all, we need to figure out a not-too-drastic tweak that can make it work, or consider cutting it entirely."

Important to note is that we've already had two big tests prior to this, one vertical slice and one Alpha, so we're pretty confident on the major decisions of the game. We've already tried many different ways of doing things, and honed in on the stuff that works. So while the time for major overhauls is now over, we'll not end up in a situation where half the game turns out to be broken. I'm quite confident that we've created a very special experience, but before the verdict comes in, it's still scary to not know for certain. Especially now when we are at the point of no return."

That's good news. Frictional is a talented studio, and the game has looked very promising so far. The company also released a new screenshot of the game (see above).

[Source: Frictional Games]