Bloober Staff’s paint-horror pile-up Layers of Worry (née Layers of Fears) comes out in June, however the studio’s put out an 11-minute gameplay trailer to whet your whistle earlier than then. A compilation and “reimagining” of the unique two Layers of Worry video games (plus their DLC), Bloober Staff guarantees a “crowning work” that “casts an overarching narrative over the complete franchise”. So nothing too lofty, then.

That is the longest gameplay sequence we have seen but, and it gives an intensive have a look at the myriad graphical frills that Bloober is bolting on to this new model of the unique video games, like “Lumen, Ray Tracing, HDR, volumetric lighting and Niagara”. Niagara is the title for Unreal Engine 5’s fancy fluid-simulation tech (although there’s not truly that a lot fluid simulation taking place within the trailer, so what the hell), and Lumen is its lighting and reflection system—the know-how that makes the game’s lantern so glowy.

Bloober Staff is definitely making fairly a fuss about that lantern, which it calls one of many “new core gameplay mechanics that elevate and develop the participant’s expertise” over the unique video games. It’ll “show important in confronting the fears that lurk inside the game’s story,” and, certainly, we see a immediate informing the participant the right way to defend themselves with the lantern within the trailer. 

I am not solely positive if that simply means shining a lightweight on enemies and making them fizzle away, or in the event you’ll truly be smashing unnameable horrors over the pinnacle with a lamp. I hope it is the second, although.

Layers of Worry will not be a straight remaster/remake of the unique two video games. Whereas it options all their content material, it is also including in a model new chapter known as “The Ultimate Be aware” that may present an “alternate perspective on the primary game’s storyline,” in addition to “introduce the never-before-told story of The Author, a harrowing story that ties every entry within the sequence collectively”.

We did not fall in love with both of the unique video games round right here. James Davenport scored the unique 64% in his Layers of Worry overview, and Robert Zak went even decrease for the sequel, scoring it 57% in his Layers of Worry 2’s overview. Maybe the studio has discovered sufficient in the previous couple of years to drag it off this time, however I am staying cautious till the game releases in a couple of months. If you wish to preserve monitor of it earlier than then, you’ll find it over on Steam and the Epic Video games Retailer.