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Help an Orphaned Cub Get Home in The Long Return

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After two years of development, solo developer Max Nielsen has released the first trailer for the animal-based puzzle-platformer The Long Return.

This third-person adventure follows an orphaned cub retracing the steps he last took with his mother.

During the journey the player will be challenged by puzzles—including, as seen in the trailer below, a Tetris-like minigame, among others—explore the scenery, and relive memories from the past.

The Long Return will be a brief experience, with only 2- 4 hours of gameplay. Although short, the game is aimed to relax players with beautiful scenery and a soft original soundtrack.

Speaking about the project, Niesen said, “I always wanted to make a puzzle/adventure game that didn’t try to be too smart, that everyone can enjoy and with a story that is gripping and easy to follow.”

The Long Return is now available to wishlist on Steam and is set to release in August 2019.

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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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