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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter looks deceptively pretty

Benjamin Ebell September 24, 2013 - 2:42 pm

After a few months of radio silence, The Astronauts reveal some more information on their first game.

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Since it’s initial announcement not much has been heard about The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. A self-described “weird horror fiction,” it follows occult detective Paul Prospero as he investigates the disappearance of the titular Ethan Carter.

The first released screenshots of the game come from “the first few minutes of the game,” displaying both the beautiful and macabre atmosphere of the game world. There are no cutscenes, so the screenshots below come from actual gameplay. If these screenshots come from the first few minutes, things certainly seem to escalate quickly.

“It’s less about pure terror and more about clammy unease,” writes lead designer for The Astronauts Adrian Chmielarz. The game is played from a first-person perspective and features no combat. “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is our own attempt to tell a multi-layered story while keeping the player completely immersed and constantly engaged–with the  unique sense of presence only video games can offer,” said Chmielarz in the press release, citing The Walking Dead and Gone Home as other games that have explored storytelling in a “largely untapped medium.”

Also available on their official website is a prequel comic that explains why Prospero finds himself tangled up in Ethan Carter’s disappearance.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter will make its debut on PC but may eventually find a home on next-gen consoles. No release date was given, but according to Chmielarz, it’s a “matter of months…not years.”

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