Prepare to bathe in terror, plummeting ever deeper into the fragile psyche of a tormented painter as he fruitlessly battles his inner demons and troubled past to put onto canvas his crowning achievement.
Layers of Fear, developed by the masters of terror at Bloober Team and published by Aspyr Media, will debut in February 16 on PlayStation 4, as well as PC (Windows/Mac/Linux) and Xbox One, where early sneak peeks have already made it one of the most acclaimed horror games in years.
“In Layers of Fear you play as an anonymous painter, clearly haunted by his tragic past and fixated on regaining what he has lost. His only solace is to delve deep into madness while trying to finish his life’s work — his Magnum Opus”, said Rafal Basaj, Bloober Team SA. “The game is a psychedelic, atmospheric thriller, with the plot focused on the drive for perfection and where it can lead you as a person.”
Basaj also said, “In creating Layers of Fear, we also wanted to bring a new perspective to the horror genre by introducing a lead character whose own world changes around him as he struggles with insanity and loses his grip on reality. Both the fine art surroundings and the painter’s family home, originally sources of inspiration and accomplishment, deteriorate along with the character’s own psyche, representing how madness, obsession, and tragedy can influence one’s mind and cause the player to doubt his or her every step.”
Polish development studio Bloober Team has teamed up with Austin-based Aspyr Media to market and distribute Layers of Fear across all platforms. The companies had the following to say about the partnership:
“As soon as we got our hands on the game via Steam Early Access and saw the ravenous community feedback, we wanted to be a part of sharing this game with the world,” said Aspyr Media’s vice president of publishing, Elizabeth Howard. “Many game developers pour their blood, sweat and tears into creating great games, but the folks at Bloober Team brought a new meaning to this term while creating Layers of Fear. It’s truly been a blast working with a group so dedicated to the craft of beautifully scaring the sh!t out of people, and adding in our own flavor of insanity.”
“We can’t wait to finally show the world the full scope of our masterpiece of fear,” said Piotr Babieno, chief executive officer at Bloober Team. “And we’re glad that there are other people who share our enthusiasm. Working with Aspyr is pure pleasure! They immediately got what we were trying to achieve with ‘Layers of Fear’ and happily dived into our world of madness.”
Layers of Fear will torment players in February on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.