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First screens of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

First screens of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Announced in February 2013 by indie studio The Astronauts, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is finally showing itself with these first in-game screens. In this first-person perspective game, the player controls an occult detective named Paul Prospero who has the ability to visualize the final moments of any murdered person. With beautiful landscapes and macabre mood, the player has to find clues in order to find out what happened to the vanished boy. No precise release date, the team also hope to bring it onto next-gen consoles.


In The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, you play as Paul Prospero, an occult detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter and realizes that the boy is in grave danger. When Paul arrives in Ethan’s home of Red Creek Valley, he realizes things are even worse than he imagined. Ethan has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder, which Paul comes to see might not be the only murder to investigate. Using both regular and supernatural detective skills, Paul must figure out what happened to the missing boy.

A few weeks ago we released a short prequel comic:

Via a First-Person Perspective, you explore and interact with the environment in order to discover the truth. Paul has a supernatural gift that allows him to visualize the final moments of anyone who’s been murdered. The more clues you discover, the clearer and longer Paul’s vision. Exactly how much you are able to discern from a corpse is entirely up to you. You might discover the motivation of the murderer, or find a hint of where to go next – or both.


We believe video games are a largely untapped medium for powerful storytelling possibilities. Every developer with a deep interest in the storytelling side of gaming uses different ways to let players live through a story: from interactive dramas like The Walking Dead to story-exploration games like Gone Home to online adventures like Journey. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is our own attempt to tell a multi-layered story while keeping the player completely immersed and constantly engaged–with the unique sense of presence only video games can offer.


The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a “weird fiction” horror, meaning our focus is on atmosphere, mood, and the essential humanity of our characters. With its mixture of a beautiful world with the haunting and macabre, this story is for adult players. That said, there is no combat in our game. If our game leaves any scars, you won’t be able to see them. Also, we want gamers to experience the story of Paul and Ethan at their own pace, and without the need for sedatives. It’s less about pure terror and more about clammy unease.


We’re currently developing the game for PC, but we’re hoping to eventually bring it to next-gen platforms. We’re in full production, but we don’t have a set release date. It’s a question of months, however, not years.

We are The Astronauts, a small – eight people at the moment – team founded in 2012 by the ex-owners and leads of People Can Fly, creators of Painkiller and Bulletstorm. Our webpage is (you’re here!), our Twitter is, and you can also follow Adrian, who is both writing these words and the lead designer on the game, at

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Commented on 2013-09-19 19:28:34
Looks beautiful, but sounds incredibly silly. Odd to mix such realistic visuals with such an immature and childish story.
Commented on 2013-09-19 19:32:29
Why does it link to this

When I click on 'news' in the thread.
Commented on 2013-09-19 19:41:47
The concept sounds extremely interesting to me, I hope this turns out to be a really good game.
Commented on 2013-09-19 20:00:18
looks incredibly great, i expected this to be a 3rd person game
Commented on 2013-09-19 22:24:03
These look more like targets than in game. I will be nice and won't refer to them as bullshots.
Commented on 2013-09-20 01:46:57
Looks and sounds very unique......consider me interested. Screens look great as well, hopefully they aren't too bull-shotty. Anyone else notice the hand in the fourth pic.....creeeepy.....maybe that is/was Ethan Carter?
Commented on 2013-09-21 19:17:17 In reply to moroboshi
Posted by moroboshi
Looks beautiful, but sounds incredibly silly. Odd to mix such realistic visuals with such an immature and childish story.
um, what? It sounds a bit trashy, but not in a bad way. Childish and immature? What?
Commented on 2013-09-21 19:19:57 In reply to spacemanjupiter
Posted by spacemanjupiter
These look more like targets than in game. I will be nice and won't refer to them as bullshots.
its a PC game that'll have a big new graphics card generation to push it. This is totally doable for a PC only game save for aliasing.

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