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Cyberpunk 2077 Meets XCOM in Upcoming RPG Conglomerate 451

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Fans of the cyberpunk ethos have a new game to look forward to in 2019, with Conglomerate 451 set to hit Steam Early Access later this year.

While the developer RuneHeads has not specified a launch date, it expects the project to be in Early Access for at least six months. During that time, the team plans to add “five or six times the content compared to the initial version.”

The game itself is a first-person, grid-based RPG, seemingly not dissimilar to the recently released Vaporum. However, the developer notes the inclusion of roguelike elements, where player agents can permanently die while on missions.

Players manage a team of cloned agents, upgrading them through research and development, while sending them out on efforts to bring down the oppressive megacorporations present in the city of Conglomerate.

Adding unexpected depth is the presence of a trauma system, whereby agents can receive permanent status effects as a result of taking damage. While that system will be present in the initial release, others, including drugs, diplomacy, and mental disorders, will not be added until later in development.

Conglomerate 451 will launch to Early Access “soon,” with a full launch expected at some point later this year. At present, the game has only been announced for PC.

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Layers of Fear 2 Launching Late Next Month

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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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