First screens for ex-Bulletstorm dev's new game

The Astronauts release first batch of images for upcoming "weird fiction horror" game The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

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The Astronauts, a new eight-person studio founded by key members of the Bulletstorm development team, have released the first images for their Unreal Engine 3-powered game The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

Gamers are cast as Paul Prospero, an occult detective, who receives a "disturbing" letter from Ethan Carter, realizing that the boy is in grave danger. When he arrives at Ethan's home, he finds that Ethan has vanished in the wake of a "brutal murder."

Players will use both regular and supernatural detective skills to solve the case of what happened to the missing boy. Using a first-person perspective, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has players interacting with and exploring the environment to find clues about the case.

The more clues players discover, the clearer and longer Paul's vision will become. The game is described overall as a "weird fiction horror" title. There is no combat in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. "If our game leaves any scars, you won't be able to see them," the developer said.

"The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is our own attempt to tell a multilayered story while keeping the player completely immersed and constantly engaged--with the unique sense of presence only video games can offer," the developer said.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is currently in development for the PC, though The Astronauts said it is hopeful to bring the game to next-generation consoles in the future.

The Astronauts was founded in 2012 by Adrian Chmielarz, Andrzej Poznanski, and Michal Kosieradzki, the original three founders of People Can Fly.

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Discussion

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QrGmNcShip016
QrGmNcShip016

I love games that are Edgy and distinctive at the same time such as This...Cant Wait 

themc_7
themc_7

Alan Wake meets LA noire with a visual style of bioshock/dishonored. I'm very interested!

Hotdogger83
Hotdogger83

Was surprised this was an indie title. Looking forward to it.

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

Sounds interesting, but at the same time could be a total Heavy Rain wannabe title.

hamzathecahmp99
hamzathecahmp99

i think i  want this game..... but it is only on pc...... i think i want Dayz..... but it is on pc too.......  aggggghhhh

Mercaptan
Mercaptan

Lol how many times do i have to watch the cod trailer? its been like the 60'th time :)))

ank000
ank000

This game has piqued my curiosity , no combat and regular + supernatural skills dunno what that means but looks interesting. Now I wanna see the gameplay .

tommynj
tommynj

Sounds interesting. Lets hope for the best.

HaloinventedFPS
HaloinventedFPS

Looks like the original Alan Wake, wonder if this will be open world

Lpedraja2002
Lpedraja2002

Wow the plot sounds very intriguing.  Though I hope that even with no combat you get to do interesting things to keep the game from getting repetitive and boring.

renerak
renerak

Looking forward to this, i am sure these guys know how to make good games.

northArrow
northArrow

This game sounds interesting. I'll be keeping an eye on it

wickedsc300
wickedsc300

Sounds cool, count me in.  I'm up for any horror game.  

CrimsonDeathWar
CrimsonDeathWar

I would've liked to see some higher-res images, but i digress.

Weird to see them go from Bulletstorm to this.

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

This looks amazing. I hope it's kind of like an adventure game and not one where you are constantly trying to sneak past things or avoid contact  that kind of thing annoys the hell out of me.

Dnaisinmybody
Dnaisinmybody

You bet I will be playing this game. Bulletstorm is one of the most overlooked games. It was real fun and definitely replayable up to now.

theslovakian38
theslovakian38

"the vanishing of ethan mars in night springs" would have been a better title

hlm2
hlm2

I'm always disappointed by the lack of Bulletstorm 2, one of my favourite shooters this generation...

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

Stunning . I have been following this game for few months now and there is not much info about it . However these screens look amazing and have Alan Wake type feel in them , which is good thing . I love that game with great passion .

Hurvl
Hurvl

I love me some weird games, but if there's nothing to kill then I don't know if I'm interested, heh.

cheese232323
cheese232323

burning teddy bear = scary. when we moved into my house, in the attic we found a child's ballerina slipper that was filled with ash and cigarette buts. it looked like shattered dreams.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

The train is about to pop him out and he is shiitin on the train tracks. for god sake move out from the train tracks.

gufberg
gufberg

This sounds EXCELLENT. Also the plot, setting, pictures and genre description reminds me of Twin Peaks. 

shepowy
shepowy

Is this now on your radar House of Horrors AU crew? I hope so :D

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

8 person development team? In this day? Where's the guy who called me crazy for making a game in my basement with friends?

hystavito
hystavito

@blueinheaven Well if you consider it mentions horror and no combat, I have to imagine there will be some sneaking/avoiding.  I highly doubt the game will feature no enemies, so without combat, what other option is there?

ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

@Dnaisinmybody I replayed Bulletstorm  last week.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@Cloud_imperium Agreed! Plus, it's rather refreshing to see that those that worked on Bulletstorm didn't just chose to follow up their new IP as another shooter. And like you said I like that whole eerie Alan Wake type vibe to it.

QrGmNcShip016
QrGmNcShip016

@Hurvl What if i told you that most indie games on the pc Dont Allow you to kill the monsters you've encountered? Just sayin :P

QrGmNcShip016
QrGmNcShip016

@Passion101 "Alan Wake : The Origins Of Ethan Carter" What if this really IS Alan wake but the sequel hahah

Hurvl
Hurvl

@QrGmNcShip016 @Hurvl Yeah, that's part of the reason I don't play indie games. Well, mostly it's just because I've got so many AAA games on my backlog, so there's no room for indies. Anyway, I'm not sure there's enough interesting things in this game for me without any combat.