Some cyberpunk creations proudly flaunt their Blade Runner influence, and then there's Bloober Team's 2017 horror title Observer. Judging by a cryptic new tease from the Polish developer, it seems Bloober Team is keen on revisiting the world of Observer—but if they do, they're in need of a new star detective.
Observer features Blade Runner's Rutger Hauer as Dan Lazarski, an enhanced detective (called an "Observer," naturally) who interrogates suspects by hacking into their brains. Bloober weaves Observer's mystery through a hefty helping of psychological horror, in keeping with the developer's M.O. first established with 2016's Layers of Fear.
Though Hauer passed away last July, a new teaser posted to Bloober Team's Twitter account suggests the developer isn't finished with Dan Lazarski's story. The short, intentionally garbled "incoming call" video prominently features the logo of Chiron Incorporated, the massive company that looms over Observer's late-21st century version of Poland. A binary message in the clip, decoded by a fan, reads "Daniel, are you there?"
If this is Bloober's way of saying a sequel to Observer is in the works, perhaps a new character will be tasked with determining the fate of Hauer's Lazarski. Or, maybe Bloober Team will enlist another actor or actress well-known for a role in a cyberpunk film (though it's probably a safe bet that CD Projekt Red has Keanu locked down).
Here's hoping that the top-class dog companion work Bloober put into last year's Blair Witch game also finds its way into the dystopian world of Observer. After a hard, harrowing session of mind-hacking, some canine comfort would be much appreciated.
The original Observer is available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.