I still remember how surprised I was when I found out it was him, Rutger ruddy Hauer. A legend. The guy from Blade Runner. ‘He’s in your video game?’
That’s what I was thinking way back in May 2017. I wasn’t somewhere flashy – I was in a small office in Krakow, Poland, being shown a game by the Layers of Fear studio Bloober. It was an impressive demo. The game, Observer, looked great – a lot like Blade Runner, in fact. It was a sci-fi detective game where you hacked minds to sift through memories for clues, and being in minds gave Bloober dramatic licence to warp and twist, wrongfoot and scare.
But the icing on the cake was the voice – the voice of lead character Daniel Lazarski. Before I even knew who it was – before I even knew it was someone famous – it made an impression. The voice had power, gravitas.