Poland-based developer Bloober Team — who you may recognize from 2016’s Layers of Fear — and publisher Aspyr Media have announced that the former’s upcoming cyberpunk horror game is set to launch on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and Linux on August 15th.
Additionally, the pair have revealed that the legendary actor, Rutger Hauer — who you may know from films such as Blade Runner, Flesh+Blood, Sin City, Batman Begins, The Hitcher, Blind Fury, and more — stars as Detective Lazarski, the character you play as.
Lastly, new key art for the game has also been released alongside a few new images and a new “2084” trailer that explores the aforementioned Daniel’s role as an Observer.
Observer is set in a 2084 dystopian future ruled by oppressive corporations. Further, the game isn’t your traditional take on cyberpunk, but notably is an Eastern European take on the iconic sub-genre, which is to say in the game you’ll find architecture, historical and political references, and pop-culture that would be found in Eastern Europe.
As mentioned above, in the game you play as Dan, a member of a special corporate-funded police unit called Observers. Following cryptic messages from his estranged son, dan quickly founds himself trekking through the seedy underbelly of the city where horror, madness, and psychological experiences bordering on the psychedelic await.
Observers are essentially detectives equipped with special augmentations that allow them to hack into minds of anyone and see the things in an altered perception, which in turn allows for them to gather information or interrogate in unique ways. Every time they go in someone’s mind they will see what they saw and live what they lived, and while the process can and will take a toll on the Observer, it will allow them to find clues otherwise hidden.
As you play the game you will be presented with many choices and options to approach the world as you want, which in turn shapes the narrative and leads to multiple endings.
Observer is set to release for PC, PS4, and Xbox One at an unknown price-point. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our interview with Brand Manager at Bloober Team, Rafał Basaj, where we talk about Observer, including its inspirations, story, themes, approach to horror, and more.
Observer is currently playable for the public at Lionsgate’s booth at San Diego Comic-Con until July 22nd.