Yes, they changed the title of the game.
A disfigured face partially covered by tears in a painting canvas.

Bloober released a new teaser trailer this weekend during IGN Fanfest for Layers of Fear. This is the game that was previously known as Layers of Fears. It can now either be called Layers of Fear or Layers of Fear (2023), which is not to be confused with Layers of Fear not from 2023 but rather from 2016. This is now the third game in the Layers of Fear series, with the second game being called the rather distinct Layers of Fear: Inheritance. Wait, Inheritance was the DLC for Layers of Fear, the one from 2016. The actual sequel was Layers of Fear 2, which came out in 2019.

Oh, and Bloober also announced a new chapter for Layers of Fears (now Layers of Fear) called The Final Note. This will be DLC for Layers of Fear, the new one, that will have you play as the painter's wife, The Writer. Are you following along so far?

With Layers of Fear, the 2023 one now, Bloober revealed a release window of this summer during their IGN Fanfest showcase. More specifically, Bloober is aiming for a June 2023 release on the Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC.

This release of Layers of Fear is less of a fully new game and more of an all-in-one package that also changes some things up from the original releases. Let's just hope that they changed enough from Inheritance because that DLC sucked. Layers of Fear 2 was ok at best, but if they include content from that game in this as well, it'd be wise if they reworked a lot of it.

Also, let's see if they changed how mental illness is handled in this. Probably not!

Anyway, I'm going to let the press release explain more because this is already confusing as hell and I'm the one writing this.

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Layers of Fear (2023) was developed from the ground up using cutting-edge Unreal Engine 5 technology. The game will support Ray Tracing, HDR, 4K resolution, and makes use of the Lumen system to offer the most immersive and visceral horror experience in the market. Arek Reikowski, the two-time nominee in the Best Soundtrack category of the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and winner of the Digital Dragons Best Soundtrack award for The Medium, has composed a hypnotic score that adds an extra layer of tension to the game. His hauntingly beautiful compositions—paired with the enhanced visual fidelity made possible by Unreal—will leave players sitting on the edge of their seats with chills shooting down their spines.

Key Features:
  • The Ultimate Layers of Fear Experience - The series’s crowning work casts an overarching narrative over the entire franchise.
  • Horror Reimagined - Everything in the Layers of Fear series melds together into a single experience, including all DLCs, so players can find all the answers they seek.
  • Shocking New Looks - Enhanced with Unreal Engine 5’s improved technology. This version offers a more immersive horror experience with the addition of Ray Tracing, HDR, 4K resolution, and the Lumen system.
  • Psychological Horror - A grim but gripping first-person psychedelic horror game focused on tense exploration, puzzle-solving, and immersive storytelling. Discover what lies in the depths of the human psyche with this mature, cathartic game.
  • New tricks - New brand-new core mechanics that will be introduced to Layers of Fear and its sequel, as well as additional features, so all the chapters and stories will blend seamlessly
  • Horror Through the Many Lenses of Art – Explore the depths of obsession with three different stories of craft-obsessed protagonists (The Painter, The Actor and The Writer) which are interwoven to create a truly immersive experience and gripping storyline
  • Classical, Ominous Soundtrack - Hauntingly beautiful soundtrack composed by the highly-acclaimed musician Arek Reikowski. He has composed a hypnotic score that adds an extra layer of tension to the game and will leave you on the edge of your seat