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DONTNOD Partnering With Vampyr Publisher Again For One of “Most Ambitious” Projects Yet

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Life is Strange and Vampyr developer DONTNOD Entertainment has renewed its partnership with Focus Home Interactive, promising an ambitious new project is in the works.

While no real details of that project are yet available, Focus Home COO John Bert teased that the game “is intended to be among the most ambitious in the history of Focus and DONTNOD.”

However, Bert does provide a hint that the upcoming title will play to the established strengths of DONTNOD, saying that the team “already amply demonstrated their talents to create rich universes, enhanced by a masterful narrative and unique artistic direction,” and that Focus Home is “proud to […]allow the talent of the studio to express itself.”

Last year, the same developer-publisher duo released Vampyr, which has officially crossed the one million sales mark. OnlySP’s review scored Vampyr as a Credit, concluding that, while enjoyable and engaging, the game could have gone further in developing its most unique aspects.

Aside from this new project, DONTNOD is currently releasing Life is Strange 2 with Square-Enix and developing the episodic thriller Twin Mirror with Namco Bandai.

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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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