Bloober Team has announced Layers of Fears, a “psychedelic horror chronicle” made in Unreal Engine 5 and coming to PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S in early 2023.

Announced at Summer Game Fest, the game is seemingly pitched somewhere between a remaster and a sequel. Bloober promises that it will ‘build on the foundations’ of the original Layers of Fear, Layers of Fear: Inheritance, and Layers of Fear 2, but will “include an expanded plotline and gameplay direction.”

A trailer showed off what looked to be remade versions of scenes from all the Layers of Fear games, but it was hard to get a sense of what the gameplay changes might be, nor how they will be tied together. We’ll be sure to ask Bloober Team what those might be when we can.

In a press release, Bloober CEO Piotr Babieno said: “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. 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 Fear’s’.”

The company has previously teased some kind of return to its Layers of Fear series, and said that it would be made using Unreal Engine 5. We awarded 2019’s Layers of Fear 2 a 9/10 review, saying, “with unique puzzles and expert pacing, Layers of Fear 2 is a harrowing and consistently exciting endeavor.”

Bloober made its name with horror games such as Layers of Fear, Observer, Blair Witch and, most recently, The Medium. The compny is currently working on two major projects, and one is a game made with Konami, which many believe to be a new Silent Hill game of some kind.

Check out all the reveals and announcements from Summer Game Fest 2022 right here.

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