Penumbra Collection - The terror draws ever nearer...

NEW YORK, 4th February 2009— In the run up to the release of the eagerly anticipated Penumbra Collection in February 2009, Paradox Interactive has released a brand new trailer and screenshots for the terrifying second game in the collection, Penumbra: Black Plague.

Developed by the small but highly talented development team at Frictional Games and originally released in February 2008, Black Plague proved to be an even bigger hit than its prequel Penumbra Overture. Continuing where the first game left off, Black Plague is a creepy and dark psychological horror experience as Philip sets off in search of his dead father. Trapped in a shadowy underground complex, he is determined to discover the truth behind his father’s disappearance. Surrounded by enemies and assaulted by terror from all sides, the player must collect clues and solve vexing physics based puzzles while combating the gnawing psychological terrors that assail Philip’s mind and threaten to strip him of his sanity!

Critics hailed Penumbra: Black Plague as a triumph with Total Videogames scoring it 8/10 and describing it as“...a game that’s far more terrifying than the Resident Evil’s and F.E.A.R.’s of this world...”

1UP commented that“...what sets Black Plague apart from other survival-horror games: it’s smart” on the way to scoring it 8.5/10 with the reviewer for The New York Times saying that“...at times the tension was more than I could bear.”

Commenting on the process of developing Penumbra: Black Plague, Co-Founder and Sound Director at Frictional Games Jens Nilsson said,“In Black Plague we polished the game concept from Overture and went further in to the storyline and the characters. We chose to focus even more on the psychological horror and the desperation in Philip as he travels deeper into madness. Black Plague contains all of the best features from Overture but with a larger development budget, greater variation in the gameplay and puzzles, and a more disturbing atmosphere.”

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About Frictional Games

Frictional Games is a small studio located in the South of Sweden, developing unique technologies to power their creative game ideas. They are the creators of the Penumbra Overture, Penumbra Black Plague and Penumbra Requiem, a survival horror series that emphasises on puzzles, ambience and a unique physics interaction system.

Read more at:

http://www.frictionalgames.com

http://www.paradoxplaza.com/penumbra

About Paradox Interactive:

Since 1999, Paradox Interactive has been a leading developer and publisher of PC-based strategy games. World-renowned for its strategy stable, the company holds a particularly strong presence in the United States and Europe. Its steadily-growing portfolio includes original titles such as the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis and Hearts of Iron franchises, as well as the best published titles like Penumbra: Black Plague, Supreme Ruler 2020, and the greatly-anticipated Majesty 2– The Fantasy Kingdom Sim.

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