- Aug 25, 2020
Bloober Team has revealed next-gen gameplay from Observer: System Redux, and explained how it uses new hardware to upgrade many of the game's visuals, as well as make loading times mostly "unnoticeable". Revealed exclusively as part of today's IGN Expo, Observer: System Redux is a huge rework of the original 2017 sci-fi horror game. Bloober says it has "rebuilt and upgraded the visuals in practically every aspect" for System Redux. It will arrive for PS5 and Xbox Series X during the Holiday 2020 season. You can watch the next-gen gameplay (in glorious 4K) below: [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/06/10/observer-system-redux-exclusive-gameplay-demo-and-developer-walkthrough"] As for what's specifically been done to update the original, Bloober has a list of improvements. As you might expect, the game will run at 4K / 60 frames per second. System Redux now includes 4K textures and improved assets, higher quality animations, improved character models and upgraded particle effects. HDR and Ray Tracing support has allowed for a huge lighting upgrade (and, if you've played Observer, you'll know that lighting is a huge element of its atmosphere). The game also uses next-gen consoles' SSD drives to massively reduce loading times, to a level where Bloober says they will be "mostly unnoticeable" to the player. It's not just cosmetic, either - System Redux adds new story content to the game, as well as new neural interrogation sequences and brand new puzzles. Bloober estimates that the game will take 20% longer to finish than the original. Those additions include a storyline titled Her Fearful Symmetry, "a psychotic love story explored through the lens of the game’s dystopian and trans-humanist themes." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=observer-system-redux-7-screenshots&captions=true"] Observer stars the late Rutger Hauer - playing a detective in a dystopian, futuristic Krakow. We named it one of the best horror games of 2017, one of the 25 scariest games of the current console generation, and one of the best cyberpunk games to tide you over until Cyberpunk 2077 arrives. Observer: System Redux isn't the only next-gen game being worked on by Bloober - the Polish horror experts recently announced The Medium for PC and Xbox Series X. There's much, much more to see from today's IGN Expo, and we're running the Summer of Gaming throughout June – here's the Summer of Gaming full schedule. All month, we're supporting some incredibly important causes – the World Health Organisation and The Bail Project – if you are able, help us support them too at donate.ign.com. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joe Skrebels is IGN's Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter.