'Amnesia: The Dark Descent' and its sequel go open source

Igor Bonifacic
·Contributing Writer
·1 min read

A little after its tenth anniversary, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is now open-source, allowing modders and aspiring game developers to delve into the title's codebase to see how the horror masterpiece was created. You can download the source code for both The Dark Descent and its sequel, A Machine for Pigs (which itself started out as a mod), through GitHub.

As series developer Frictional Games points out, the annoucement doesn't mean you can get the two titles for free. "It just means that people are free to use the source however they want as long as they adhere to the GPL3 license," the studio said. "The game and all of its content is still owned by Frictional Games. Just like before."

The Amnesia series already has a healthy modding scene, with ModDB hosting almost 1,000 community creations for the original alone. "The modding community has been incredibly creative over the years and it will be fun to see what it can do with the full source code at its disposal," said Frictional.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent originally came out on PC on September 8th, 2010. The series then eventually made its way to PlayStation 4 in 2016 and then Nintendo Switch last year. A new sequel, Amnesia: Rebirth, is slated to come out on PC and PlayStation 4 on October 20th.