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Observer: Everything you should know

Observer (stylised as >OBSERVER_) is a cyberpunk horror video game developed by the Polish company Bloober Team and published by Aspyr.The game runs on the Unreal Engine 4. The developer described its genre as “hidden horror”.

Plot

After the megacorporation, Chiron took authority over Poland and manifested the Fifth Polish Republic, a police unit known as Observers were put in control of the denizens with a license to hack their minds. Drug and hologram addicts were constituted as Class C and cast off to live in tenement buildings.

Gameplay

Observer is a survival horror video game played from a first-person perspective. It is set in 2084 Poland following a “digital plague” that cost the lives of thousands, resulting in war and rampant drug use. The player controls Daniel Lazarski, a Cracovian detective of the Observers police unit tasked with hacking their targets’ memories and fears with a device known as the Dream Eater. Equipped with augmented vision split into Electromagnetic Vision—which scans for electronic devices—and Bio Vision—which scans for biological evidence—he is able to analyze and highlight certain objects in his environment, which in a hacked brain is subject to active change. Objects can be interacted with and examined. A conversation tree is used for dialogue.

Release date

The game was released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 15 August 2017.

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