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Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Announced

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It seems like one of the RPG greats is getting an overhaul. After a 24-hour countdown that ended today, Atari, Wizards of the Coast and Overhaul Games have announced a remake of Baldur’s Gate I & II. Using a newly assembled team that includes some of the developers of the original game, and a revamped Infinity Engine that includes modern improvements, they look to “enhance this timeless classic.”

Baldur’s Gate, a Dungeon and Dragons game developed by Bioware and released in 1998, was critically acclaimed by critics and gamers alike. It’s sequel, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, also developed by Bioware and released in 2000, was also met with worldwide acclaim. Both games have won various awards.

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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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