Rutger Hauer Stars as a Neural-Detective in New Cyberpunk Horror-Thriller Game “Observer”

Polish studio Bloober Team are working on a promising new game titled simply Observer. The game stars Rutger Hauer, whose name will be instantly familiar to any fans of the original Blade Runner. We actually wrote about the game last year, however the new reveal today is Hauer leading the experience.

While Hauer starred as the leader of a band of murderous replicants in Blade Runner, he’s kind of jumping to the other side of the equation with his role as an the eponymous Observer – a neural detective that hacks into the minds of people in search of clues behind crime cases.

Featured above, you can view the game’s latest trailer, which showcases Hauer’s velvety chords as Detective Daniel Lazarski.

The “cyberpunk horror story” begins when you get a strange message from your estranged son, a high-level engineer for the powerful Chiron Corporation. Sound familiar?

Set in the year 2084, most of humanity has been wiped out and those who survived live in a disgusting, near-uninhabitable world that sees most people living out their days in drugs, or virtual reality. Each mind hack brings with it horror-like experiences – how far will you go in search of the truth?

Here are the game’s key features:

  • The Future of Fear
    Discover a dark cyberpunk world beset by plagues, war and squalor. Play as the new front line of neural police as you hack into the jagged minds of the insane.
  • Interactive Insanity
    Designed to disturb, >observer_ is a psychologically twisted, interactive horror experience that will leave you questioning your reality as well as your very sanity.
  • Starring science-fiction legend Rutger Hauer
    The strange mind of Daniel Lazarski is brought to life by Hollywood great Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner). Encouraged to improvise and make the character his own, Hauer’s performance raises the standard for acting in a game.

Observer is launching on August 15th across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.



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  1. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    July 27, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Sounds good, but I would like to see more post-cyberpunk stuff. Seems like this is trying to inch there a bit with a secondary character. VA11-HALL-A wet the whistle a bit. I’ll support these guys though. Poles be on a role. Sto lat!

  2. InkViper
    July 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Getting a Cthulhu mythos meets Blade Runner vibe hair! think I’ll keep an eye on this one.

  3. Lucky
    July 27, 2017 at 4:54 pm


    Ha, I get it.

  4. 2501
    July 27, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    You already got me at Rutger Hauer.

  5. sanic
    July 28, 2017 at 1:51 am

    I tried watching blade runner but I feel asleep, these guys made that basment brawler bomberman knock off that was so bad refunds were given out right?

  6. northmantif
    July 28, 2017 at 4:13 am

    It would be more accurate to refer them to Layers Of Fear in this circumstances…

  7. Max
    July 28, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    They actually did right by people gave refunds to anyone who asked, so I can’t really hate on them.

  8. sanic
    July 29, 2017 at 1:47 am

    I respect their response but a broken mess is a broken mess don’t dive head first into this new game.