Layers of Fear 2 is a first-person, psychological thriller, horror video game with an emphasis on exploration and story. Players control a Hollywood actor who heeds the call of an enigmatic director to take on the lead role in a film shot aboard an ocean liner.
The game begins with an unknown character rushing to a stage through the halls of a sinking ship, the actor arrives to a monster taking a hold of a child stating that "[they] where too late" the game then cuts to The Actor waking up and getting out of bed, while The Director berates them stating that "[they] are a poor excuse" and are weak, The Actor then gets up, heads upstairs, plays a reel, then leaves through the door they came, and start heading down the ships main hallways.
It is revealed through dialogue and notes that The Actor had previously been on a similar ship as a child, they (along with their sibling) had snuck onto the vessel to escape from their abusive father.
Life on the boat was rough for the children, especially for James, the younger sibling, the two struggled frequently to find food and stay out of the guards' sights, which began taking its toll on the duo, too make things worse, the ship's crew began keeping strict control over the food rations, making it even harder for the two to steal food, at some point James became so hungry that he took a bite of a dead rat's carcass, even though Lily had told him not to.
Some time after this the ship they had been hiding on set fire and began too sink, James and Lily tried to escape the ship however only one of them was able too survive.
There are three endings for the game which are dictated by the players decisions in the key scenes, depending on if they choose to follow or disobey The Director, the third ending, is obtained if there is an equal split in the players choices.
The "Formless" ending has the player end as James, a famous actor.
The "Formed" ending has the player end as Lily, a famous actress.
The "Secret" ending has the player encounter the same creature from the beginning of the game.
(These are the endings unofficial names, they may change later on)
- There are many pop culture horror films and TV show Easter eggs hidden throughout the game. A few including The Shining, Psycho, and Metropolis.
- The house that The Actor lived in as a child has a very similar floor plan to Hal's (the first games protagonist) house.