Horror dev Bloober Team teases new project in ‘Layers Of Fear’ universe

The game will be using Unreal Engine 5, and set for a 2022 release

Bloober Team has announced a new project that returns to the world of its breakthrough horror game Layers Of Fear with a new teaser.

The first Layers of Fear, released in 2016, was a first-person psychological horror game told from the perspective of a painter obsessively trying to finish his magnum opus while losing his grip on reality.

The 90-second teaser shared today (October 1) appears to revisit this same theme, again presented in the first-person perspective as someone trying to paint a blank canvas. Although there is no official title, the clip ends with the tagline, “Your Fear will return”.

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The teaser is a showcase for Unreal Engine 5, not just for the realistic lighting and painter’s hand, but also the paint textures seen on both the palette and the canvas. A glimpse of a mirror on the table catching the painter’s reflection is also likely demonstrating the use of ray-tracing.

It’s not clear whether this project would be a remake of the first game or indeed a brand new experience, but the teaser also confirms a 2022 release.

Earlier this year, Bloober Team announced a new partnership with Konami, leading many fans to believe the Polish developer could be making a new Silent Hill game, with rumours indicating that the Japanese publisher has two games from the survival horror series in development.

Bloober’s CMO Tomasz Gawlikowski however issued a statement to clarify these rumours, explaining that “online speculations based on outdated or incomplete information can often lead to strange theories among gamers”.

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Elsewhere, things are looking less rosy for Konami with the launch of eFootball 2022, as the free-to-play title has received “overwhelmingly negative” user reviews on Steam, with fans branding as “the worst football” game ever released.

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