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20th Century Fox Starting Indie Program to Aid “Creators who are Taking Creative Risks”

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Etherborn developer Altered Matter and FoxNext Games are partnering and have revealed something remarkable for indie developers.

Announced just a while ago, the groups are collaborating to put together an indie development fund. The initiative is “aimed at creators who are taking creative risks in the field of games.”

Etherborn, which also got a sublime new trailer which can be viewed below, is the first game taking part in the initiative. FoxNext says more games in the program are planned to be announced throughout the year.

Vice president of FoxNext’s external development, TQ Jefferson, elaborated on some of the program’s details.

“We’re looking to partner with inspiring game makers, providing the support they need to develop the best version of their games and ultimately connect with the widest audience possible.”

For those unfamiliar with FoxNext, the company is one video game division under the 20th Century Fox umbrella, perhaps demonstrating new ventures for Fox.

The world bending, puzzle-platformer Etherborn is currently planned to launch this Spring on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One.

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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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