My first reaction when I learned that Bloober Team was working on another game was “nope”, mostly because Layers of Fear was one of the creepiest friggin’ things I’ve played in a long time. But now, after watching this trailer for their upcoming game Observer, the NOPE has intensified.
The game is set in the year 2084, where “if you somehow survived the Nanophage, odds are you were killed in the War”, explains the video description. “Those who live have turned to drugs, VR, neural implants — anything to distract themselves from this new reality.” You’re put in the shoes of an “elite neural detective” called an Observer”, tasked with hacking and invading the minds of your suspects.
“In this future, anything you think, feel, or remember can be used against you in a court of law. When you receive a mysterious message from your estranged son, a high-level engineer for the almighty Chiron Corporation, you journey to the Class C slums of Krakow to investigate. But as you hack into the unstable minds of criminals and victims to look for clues, you are forced relive their darkest fears. How far will you go to discover the truth?”
Oh, and if that voice sounds familiar, it should. Voicing the game’s protagonist is Blade Runner replicant Rutger Hauer.
Observer will be creeping onto PS4, XBO, and PC on 15 August.