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Area 51 Trademark Renewed, Next Gen Title Incoming?

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The trademark for Blacksite: Area 51 has been renewed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Warner Bros. Games.

Midway originally filed for the Blacksite: Area 51 trademark back in 2006, which was followed by the release of the FPS of the same name a year later for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. Warner Bros. Games has since acquired the Area 51 license back in 2009, after purchasing the majority of the company assets from former developer Midway Games.

At this time there are no other details on if there is another Area 51 title being released, what developers would be working on the game, or what platforms the title will be released on.

Thanks to IGN.com for breaking this news.

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Layers of Fear 2 Launching Late Next Month

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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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