The first game from ex-People Can Fly developers (now known as The Astronauts) features weird fiction horror and supernatural detectives.
When People Can Fly was acquired by Epic Games last year, People Can Fly founders Adrian Chmielarz, Andrzej Poznanski and Michal Kosieradzki left the company to pursue other opportunities. Those other opportunities became clear yesterday, when their newest development studio The Astronauts announced their next game, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.
Self-identified in their press release as a “weird fiction horror game” inspired by tales of the macabre, Ethan Carter is meant to be played “at night, alone, and in headphones.” The game follows a supernatural detective as he investigates the kidnapping of a young boy (presumably named Ethan Carter.) After following the trail to a mountainous area, the detective comes across the mutilated body of one of the kidnappers, a not-so-subtle hint that things have just gotten much more complicated. From there on, the player will have to use their paranormal skills and detective’s intuition to solve the mystery and discover the fate of Ethan Carter.
Details are pretty light for now, but the premise of the game certainly seems interesting. According to the press release, their goal is to evolve 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.”
You can check out an in-engine teaser trailer below. Expect to hear more on BeefJack about The Vanishing of Ethan Carter as development progresses – it’s certainly caught my attention.