The Vanishing of Ethan Carter announced

I imagine you have to get Carter… back.


New studio The Astronauts (formed by previous People Can Fly employees, the creators of the excellent Bulletstorm) have announced their first title, the PC only ‘The Vanishing of Ethan Carter’. I’m really posting this because in the press release it describes it as a ‘weird fiction horror’. Apparently that’s a genre from 1920s pulp magazines but I want to see games organised in shops by categories such as ‘sports’ and ‘weird sports’, simulations and ‘weird simulations’. The game is coming to PCs this year. More info and a video after the break.

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.

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.”

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