Bloober Team, the studio behind horror titles such as Layers of Fear and Blair Witch, has teased a new cyberpunk horror game. The Polish developer has a history with the genre, of course, with 2017’s Observer–starring the late great Rutger Hauer–taking place in a cyberpunk dystopia.
This new tease is certainly hinting at a new game set in Observer’s universe. Bloober Team’s tweet mentions “>sig: ch120n 1nc02p02473d_.” Chiron Incorporated is an organization in the world of Observer, so a sequel seems likely. A keen-eyed Twitter user also translated some of the binary that appears in the video teaser, discovering that someone called Daniel is mentioned. Rutger Hauer played a character called Daniel Lazarski in the original game, and Bloober Team responded to the tweet with “Good hacks! :D.”
— Bloober Team (@BlooberTeam) January 23, 2020
David Rayfield scored Observer 9/10 in GameSpot’s review, praising its storytelling, writing, and Rutger Hauer’s performance, with the only negative being some brief but frustrating instant-fail sequences. “Cyberpunk is a reflection of where we’re headed as a society, an oddly alluring reality where we’ve allowed impressive technology into our lives at the cost of our humanity. This is a niche genre that needs new revisions and new pioneers so it can keep evolving as we inch closer to seeing its fictional warnings play out in real life, and Observer adds to the familiar parables in fascinating and unexpected ways. In that respect, and on so many other levels, Observer is a haunting and remarkable achievement.”
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Author: Richard Wakeling