The Astronauts, a studio comprising several former members of People Can Fly, have revealed their debut title as The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter. A far cry from their traditional balls-out shooter fare, this atmospheric 'weird fiction horror' experience plans to "evolve immersive storytelling in games."
The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter casts players as a detective who can visualise crime scenes with a supernatural gift, desperate to locate a kidnapped boy in a race against time. Upon finding the savagely mutilated body of one of the kidnappers, however, things will gradually descend into a chilling showdown against ancient forces and a growing bodycount in a desolate mountain valley. Spooky stuff.
"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 project will use Unreal Engine 3, and is slated to release digitally on PC later this year. Colour us intrigued.