Bloober Team, the Polish developer behind Layers of Fear, Observer and Blair Witch, posted a teaser video to their YouTube Thursday that seems to indicate the coming of a sequel for their 2017 cyber-horror game Observer. Titled “Incoming Call Teaser,” the teaser is little more than a dial tone and a pulsing digital interface. Fans have already been breaking down the spare content offered in the teaser, with one fan realizing the binary code at the top of the screen reads “Daniel, are you there?” in a reference to the game’s protagonist Daniel Lazarski. The symbol present in the video represents Chiron Incorporated, a mega-corporation that owns Poland during the course of the game. The “incoming call” is sourced from “ch120n 1nc02p02473d,” clearly denoting that the call is coming directly from Chiron Incorporated itself. All signs point to Observer 2.
The original game concerns a detective known as an “Observer,” part of a unit that has the police force to hack people’s minds. The game stars Rutger Hauer of Blade Runner and Kingdom Hearts III fame as the game’s protagonist, Daniel. Hauer passed away in July of 2019, and it’s unknown if he had anything recorded for any future Observer releases. The game was released to mostly praise, having some wins across several notable game awards processions, including Giant Bomb’s and Game Informer’s. There is a very clear influence from the likes of seminal cyberpunk pieces of media, including the original Blade Runner.
You can play Observer on every major platform including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC and the recent 2019 Nintendo Switch port. Their Layers of Fear series received a sequel last year titled Layers of Fear 2.
You can view the cryptic video below. Stay tuned for more news on the supposed Observer follow-up.