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Close to the Sun Launching in May, Epic Games Credited for ‘Accelerating Development’



Close to the Sun

Close to the Sun is more near than far, as the release date has been set for early May.

Announced via press release, developer Storm in a Teacup revealed that Close to the Sun‘s production ramped up thanks to the exclusivity deal with Epic Games and will now release on May 2. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions have no firm release date but are still on track to launch this year. Check out the accompanying trailer down below.

Managing director of publisher Wired Productions Leo Zullo elaborated on today’s news in the press release.

“Our partnership with the amazing team at Epic Games has not only accelerated the development process of Close to the Sun in terms of accessing the sheer pixel-pushing grunt of Unreal Engine 4, but allowed the incredibly talented Storm in a Teacup team to showcase their collective talents to deliver a truly memorable and breath-taking first-person horror adventure.”

Though the vitriol surrounding the Epic Games Store has been mountainous, a developer crediting the store with its game’s “accelerated development” is an undeniable benefit.

OnlySP’s Ben Newman gave his thoughts on how the store can impact single-player gaming. Check out that story here.

The most recent Epic Games Store exclusivity deal to go through saw the acquisition of Anno 1800.

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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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