Frictional Games, creators of the marvelously frightening Amnesia: The Dark Descent, have released the launch trailer for their new title SOMA, a horror adventure set in a deep sea facility called PATHOS-II.

It definitely seems like Frictional haven’t lost their touch when it comes to setting up a seriously spooky atmosphere – whilst giving a cryptic introduction to the game’s story, the trailer shows off quite a bit of the dank, darkened halls of PATHOS-II, both before and after what seems to be some sort of cataclysmic event, as well as some fleeting glimpses of the strange, glowing mutant creature(s) that stalk its halls. Colour me intrigued to discover where the story is going.

Creative Director Thomas Grip took the launch trailer’s release as a chance to reflect on the game’s development, saying:

[su_quote style=”default”]Five years ago, SOMA started as a simple idea; to make a game that would explore the more disturbing aspects of what it means to be a conscious being. Since then, we have gone through years of iterations, lots of hard work and almost tripled the size of our team. And finally, today, the game is done. We are very proud of how it has turned out, and feel that we have achieved what we set out to do. It has easily been the most ambitious project we have undertaken, and getting to this point has been quite a struggle. We hope people find SOMA to be a creepy and provocative experience that stays with them long after playing.

SOMA is currently available on Steam.

Take a look at SOMA’s launch trailer in the video above.

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