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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter unveiled

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter unveiled

Here's an interesting indie game that is coming this year on PC. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is labelled as a "weird fiction horror" inspired by early 20th century weird and macabre tales. It is developed by The Astronauts, a team comprised of People Can Fly veterans. Players will take on the role of a detective (with the supernatural ability to visualize scenes of lethal crimes) that investigate the kidnapping of a young boy. Details, teaser and a screenshot inside.



Ex-People Can Fly Devs Unveil Weird Fiction Horror in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Weird Fiction Horror Coming to PC in 2013, In-Engine Teaser Video and Screenshot Released


Inspired by the weird fiction stories and other tales of macabre of the early 20th century, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a game to be played at night, alone, and in headphones. With The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, The Astronauts – a team comprised of People Can Fly (Bulletstorm, Painkiller) veterans – aim to evolve immersive storytelling in games. It’s set for release on PC via digital distributors in 2013.

As a detective with the supernatural ability to visualize scenes of lethal crimes, you investigate the kidnapping of a young boy, hoping to save him before it’s too late. The investigation leads you to a beautiful mountain area, where you come across a severely mutilated body of one of the kidnappers. Using both your paranormal skill and modern detective tools you discover the mystery behind the trail of corpses in the valley, the roots of an ancient force ruling the area, and the fate of the kidnapped boy.

“What we care about the most is that the players feel like they’re really there. Immersion is our number one priority," said the game’s designer, Adrian Chmielarz. “It’s a game about exploration and discovery. We’re not abandoning the gameplay – on the contrary: we’re trying to strip it down to the bone and make sure it’s always meaningful and truly makes the experience better.”

The game is being developed on the latest version of the industry-leading Unreal Engine 3 technology from Epic Games, as well as exciting new technology, the details of which we will reveal in the coming months.

About The Astronauts

The Astronauts is small independent studio located in Warsaw, Poland. It was founded last year by Adrian Chmielarz, Andrzej Poznanski and Michal Kosieradzki. They were the original founders of People Can Fly, where they lead the development of such games as Painkiller and Bulletstorm, and lately worked on Gears of War: Judgment.

“There are lots of great things about the big world of AAA games, but there’s even more appeal to us in making games that feel and are personal, and where the only censors are the creators and the public. We want to make games which we are 100% responsible for. By starting The Astronauts we went back to the way we were ten years ago, when we were making Painkiller and were doing it completely our way. The game that we’re making right now could not be more different, but the studio spirit seems to be exactly the same.”

Teaser

All comments

Commented on 2013-02-06 19:31:39
I think he went to Mars. Oh, wrong Carter!

Sounds intriguing but if those are real graphics then my laptop might cry. Any idea if it's a first person adventure game?

I like when developers split off to make a smaller project (ex-Bioware guys made The Banner Saga), I'm surprised at no Kickstarter.
Commented on 2013-02-06 19:40:00
That artwork looks very dishonored. Thought it was the DLC for a second, got all excited.
Commented on 2013-02-06 19:45:08
For some reason I got a japanese visual novel vibe from this.
Commented on 2013-02-06 20:11:46
"imagine a R-rated Dear Esther with gameplay"

I'm on board!
Commented on 2013-02-06 20:24:03 In reply to digi_matrix
Posted by digi_matrix
"imagine a R-rated Dear Esther with gameplay"

I'm on board!
Count me as well!
Commented on 2013-02-06 21:45:17
Love the title. I'm interested.
Commented on 2013-02-06 22:34:02
it lost me at supernatural.
Commented on 2013-02-07 00:02:15
Looks kinda errr good ;)
Commented on 2013-02-07 00:09:50
Be cool if it was episodic content
Commented on 2013-02-07 08:02:30 In reply to Eamon
Thats very strange indeed. :-) But I like the teaser. That animated raven or what is it, reminds me of one film production or distribution company logo. Dont remember which.
Commented on 2013-02-07 10:31:35 In reply to Zat
Posted by Zat
Thats very strange indeed. :-) But I like the teaser. That animated raven or what is it, reminds me of one film production or distribution company logo. Dont remember which.
Scott Free logo, from Ridley Scott?
Commented on 2013-02-07 10:54:15 In reply to digi_matrix
YES! Good memory, mister!
Commented on 2013-02-07 19:22:10
hmm... Bulletstorm isn't really a good reference for people who want to create a story based game as that was incredibly stupid - even it's best part (Waggleton P. Tallylicker) is stupid

yet the teaser and the promises of the devs sound really good, I'll keep an eye on this one

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