Amidst rumors of hills that are silent and more, Bloober Team and its co-developer Anshar Studios have revealed that the two teams are developing Layers of Fears.
This news comes by way of a new trailer revealed during today’s Summer Game Fest showcase hosted by Geoff Keighley, and it answers a question players have been asking for a while now: Just what is Bloober Team developing? Layers of Fears is the answer, and it is a “psychological horror chronicle built upon the foundations of the original Layers of Fear, Layers of Fear: Inheritance, and Layers of Fear 2.” Bloober Team says “the psychedelic experience fans know and love will include an expanded plotline and gameplay direction all created in Unreal Engine 5.”
You can check out the trailer that aired during today’s Summer Game Fest showcase below:
Layers of Fears will launch on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC (via Steam and the Epic Game Store) sometime in early 2023.
“We are bringing back a franchise that is really special for us, in a new form that will give players a truly fresh gaming experience and that will shed new light on the overall story,” Bloober Team CEO Piotr Babieno writes in a press release. “Our plan was to recreate the games, but we didn’t want to make it a simple collection of two remastered games. We’ve worked out a new approach, something that is maybe not yet obvious. But I can tell you there’s a reason why we called it Layers of Fears.”
As you can see, it sounds like Layers of Fears will be some kind of Layers of Fear collection but not as simple as a remaster of the first two games in the series. Perhaps it’s a reimagining, taking all that Bloober Team has learned in development since the original releases. Only time will tell for now. Bloober Team released the first Layers of Fear in 2016, and its follow-up, an indirect sequel called Layers of Fear 2, was released in 2019. Bloober Team also released The Medium last year.
“Players who seek mature stories with hidden meanings should prepare for an exquisite horror experience thanks to the expanded plot lines that will cast a new light on the overarching narrative,” the press release reads. “They will face spine-chilling madness that extends over generations. Those who are looking for even more visceral thrills will enjoy the Corsair’s iCue Integration system, providing dynamic lighting effects that will turn their desktop into a fully synchronized, real-time visualization of in-game actions.”
For more, read Game Informer’s Layers of Fear review and then check out Game Informer’s Layers of Fear 2 review. After that, be sure to read our thoughts on Bloober Team’s latest in Game Informer’s review of The Medium.
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