Layers of Fear developer reveals Observer remaster for Xbox Series X (update)

Observer screenshot
Observer screenshot (Image credit: Bloober Team)

What you need to know

  • Bloober Team developed Layers of Fear and Observer.
  • Observer is a cyberpunk horror game where you can hack people's minds.
  • The developer recently teased an Observer sequel on its Twitter account.
  • The "sequel" is actually an upgraded version of the original called Observer: System Redux for next-generation consoles.

Updated April 16, 2020: Observer: System Redux is a next-generation version of the original game with some new story elements, according to a trailer. It's not the sequel we were hoping for, but appears to be running at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second on next-generation consoles.

According to Bloober Team, System Redux will have upgraded visuals and gameplay, along with completely new story beats. System Redux is set to hit next-generation consoles during holiday 2020.

In a cryptic video message on Twitter, Bloober Team appears to tease an Observer sequel — or at least a project related to Observer. The short video clip features the Chiron Incorporated logo with the words "Incoming Call" but it doesn't tease anything further than that.

A Twitter user even decoded some of the glitchy binary in the message that flashes to read: "Daniel, are you there?" Bloober Teams responded to this by saying, "Good hacks! :D" confirming that whatever this has to do with Observer since the game's protagonist was named Daniel and the video itself features the logo of the Chiron corporation in the game.

Developer Bloober Team has been focused on psychological horror games the past few years with Layers of Fear, Observer, and Blair Witch.

Considering the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are less than a year from release, it would be nice to see this sequel come to next-generation consoles. As of right now, though, platforms have not been confirmed, nor has a release date or any substantial information, for that matter. Let's hope it's a sequel and not a port of the original game.

Asher Madan

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  • I quite enjoyed Observer. Only issue I had was that it was too short.
  • RIP Rutger Hauer 😢
  • I really enjoyed Layers of Fear, haven't got around to playing Observer yet.
  • Yay, the next generation isn't even out yet and already we are getting remasters.
  • I got Observer as a freebie on the Epic Games Store. Not bad, given that it's AU$42.95 on Stream. I haven't played it yet but I also enjoyed Layers of Fear. I'm assuming that remaster would include the PC version.