Ex-People Can Fly Devs Unveil “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter”

Everything I’ve been reading about The Astronauts and their approach to developing games has had me looking forward to the unveiling of their first title. Today, the former People Can Fly devs have released the first screenshot and teaser video of their upcoming game, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

The Astronauts describe the game as “a weird fiction horror, a genre popularized in pulp-fiction collections of the 20s,” a game to be played at night, alone, and in headphones. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is set for a PC release via digital distributors (ie Steam) this year, and is aimed at evolving “immersive storytelling in games.”

“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 story involves a detective with supernatural powers investigating the mystery of a kidnapped boy and a trail of mutilated kidnappers. Check out the teaser (yes, that’s the Unreal Engine 3 you’re seeing):

Who is Ethan Carter? Why has he vanished? Good titles sound cool, like StarCraft and Dragon Age, but great titles make you ask questions.

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