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Microsoft Teases E3 Plans, Including New Games From Internal Studios

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Phil Spencer has provided a first hint at Microsoft’s plans for E3, which should include several big announcements.

Speaking to Larry Hyrb during the latest Inside Xbox showcase, Spencer indicated that his recent visit to Japan and Korea involved speaking to developers who may be interested in showing their games during Microsoft’s presentation.

While Spencer did not name any studios, he did hint that he views companies such as Square Enix and Namco Bandai as partners, citing previous reveals of Kingdom Hearts III and Jump Force.

As for internal studios, Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds will make an appearance, while others—likely including Ninja Theory and The Initiative—will be “starting to show what they’re building.”

Curiously, Hyrb mentioned that Microsoft has “brought more [studios] into the fold since [last year’s E3],” but whether that refers solely to Obsidian and InXile or other, unannounced acquisitions is not clear at present.

Spencer said that the company feels a heavy burden this year, needing to “represent gaming” to the wider world given the lack of a live stage presentation from either Nintendo or Sony.

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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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