The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Promises a “Weird Fiction” Story-Driven Game
If you’re the sort of gamer that loves storytelling in your gameplay, this one is for you. Former People Can Fly (Bulletstorm, Painkiller) devs, The Astronauts, have announced their first game: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. The game is a “weird fiction horror” title, inspired by pulp fiction of the 1920’s.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, set for PC release sometime this year, is one of those titles you’ll want to play late at night, alone with the headphones’ volume turned up. The story puts you in the shoes of a detective with a supernatural ability to visualize scenes of crimes. You’ll begin by investigating the kidnapping of a young boy. Your investigation leads you through scene after scene of paranormal events as you follow trails of corpses to determine the fate of the missing boy.
Game designer Adrian Chmielarz said, “What we care about the most is that the players feel like they’re really there. Immersion is our number one priority. 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.”
Check out the first screenshot above and the trailer below. So far, it looks kind of awesome, right?