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The Sinking City Includes Content Warning For Racism

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Frogwares is reportedly refusing to shy away from Lovecraft’s racist ideologies with The Sinking City.

According to a recent Waypoint preview, the game begins “with a content warning about Lovecraft and his racist views.”

The preview indicates that the topic emerges early, with characters expressing the kind of rhetoric common even in the contemporary political landscape—such as immigration increasing crime rates. Explicitly racist reviews are also expressed in relation to the Innsmouthers, while photographs of the KKK will be present.

Such inclusions raise the possibility of a measured discussion of a hotbed topic. However, the PR representative present during the preview seems noncommittal saying that the team is “not aiming to show [xenophobia] from the modern perspective.”

“It’s not the main theme of the game. It’s one of the many other parts of the world that our hero is exposed to,” said the representative.

The treatment of this prejudice and how it fits into the world that Frogwares has constructed is sure to be a topic of discussion when the game releases later this year.

In The Sinking City, players assume the role of a private detective who travels to a flooded New England town in an attempt to solve the mystery of the madness that has gripped the townsfolk.

Recently, the game was announced to only be available on the Epic Games Store on PC, though PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners will be able to purchase it. The Sinking City launches on June 27.

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Damien Lawardorn is an aspiring novelist, journalist, and essayist. His goal in writing is to inspire readers to engage and think, rather than simply consume and enjoy. With broad interests ranging from literature and video games to fringe science and social movements, his work tends to touch on the unexpected. Damien is the former Editor-in-Chief of OnlySP. More of his work can be found at https://open.abc.net.au/people/21767

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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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