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Canceled Aliens Game Would Have Been “Mass Effect but More Terrifying”




Aliens fans have a new title to mourn today, as former Obsidian employee Chris Avellone has shed light on a canceled Aliens RPG.

Avellone discussed the Obsidian Entertainment RPG, titled Aliens: Crucible, with VG24/7.

Though he recognizes the comparison is rough, he likens Crucible to “Mass Effect but more terrifying.” Crucible, never got too far into development, but did manage to see a “really cool” prototype.

“We wanted to make it. But by that point Sega, I think, was… the publisher/management relations had gotten to a point where they were just tired of dealing with [Obsidian]. Everyone working on Aliens: Crucible was really excited about it. It was shaping up to be a really cool game. The prototype was really cool. But then Sega’s like ‘nope!’”

VG24/7 describes the cut game as similar to the movie Prometheus. Players would fly to an alien planet that was once inhabited by the Engineers. The primary difference between the two ideas, Avellone says, is that Obsidian was aiming for constant fear. For example, aliens could interrupt any conversation, thus creating a constant sense of dread.

Last week, Avellone spoke about Obsidian’s promising pitch for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic III which never saw the light of day.

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Layers of Fear 2 Launching Late Next Month



Layers of Fear 2

Layers of Fear 2 has been talked about for a while now and is finally coming late next month.

Announced today by publisher Gun Media, the sequel to the psychological romp through artistic ego Layers of Fear is set to launch May 28 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Gameplay-wise, the sequel looks to cover similar ground as its predecessor. As a first-person psychological horror with “an emphasis on exploration and story,” players meander through heavily-scripted set-pieces while solving puzzles and being scared a whole lot.

Layers of Fear 2, though, will be swapping the paintbrush for the dizzying heights of Hollywood. According to the game’s Steam synopsis, players “control a Hollywood actor who heeds the call of an enigmatic director to take on the lead role in a film shot aboard an ocean liner.”

Stifled by their own acting ambitions, the protagonist finds themselves alone and marooned on an increasingly nightmarish boat. The game’s unnamed protagonist must navigate their own past and the challenges the director sets them to unlock the secret to not just the film they are starring in, but their own motivations.

The original Layers of Fear was a captivating take on modern, story-driven horror, so the sequel’s inventive premise and greater scope are welcomed. While the sequel is embarking to a radically different setting, the title looks likely to recapture the original’s claustrophobic, atmospheric level design.

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