The Vanishing of Ethan Carter unveiled by ex-Bulletstorm devs

Unreal Engine 3-powered, narrative-led adventure coming to PC in 2013.

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A group of key ex-People Can Fly developers, who worked on Bulletstorm, Painkiller, and the upcoming Gears of War: Judgment, have announced The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, the PC-exclusive first title of new indie studio The Astronauts.

Unlike the team's action-heavy previous works, however, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a digital PC adventure billed as a "weird fiction horror game" which should be "played at night, alone, and in headphones."

In The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, players take the role of a detective with supernatural powers who heads to the mountains in an attempt to track down a missing boy. The game will require players to make use of the protagonist's detective and paranormal abilities to unravel the mystery behind a trail of bodies.

"What we care about the most is that the players feel like they’re really there. Immersion is our number one priority," said designer Adrian Chmielarz in a statement.

"It's a game about exploration and discovery," Chmielarz adds. "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 game is being developed with the "latest version" of Unreal Engine 3 alongside "exciting new technology" that will be revealed in the next few months. As part of the announcement, a brief teaser trailer and a screenshot were released.

No specific release date in 2013 was given by The Astronauts for The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

Polish-based development team The Astronauts was founded in 2012 by Chmielarz, Andrzej Poznanski, and Michal Kosieradzki, the original three founders of People Can Fly.

Discussion

43 comments
Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

Somewhere in Poland...


CDProjekt RED: "Why don't you tell those americans with their consoles and their publishers and their DRM to go f*** themselvs and make the games you want to make?"


People Can Fly: "yeah! F*** those guys!"


'The Astronauts' studio is born.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

love this sot of game, please bring to the ps4

Xilonix
Xilonix

Let's hope it will not be underrated, seems very interesting :)

Vojtass
Vojtass

Title reminds me The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - novel by H.P. Lovecraft.

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

Bulletstorm was very under rated.

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

"All right, we've had fun giving you your silly little shooters and the money has certainly been great.  Now we're going to do what WE want to do!"

NoodleFighter
NoodleFighter

Feels like an Odd change coming from people who did stuff like BulletStorm and Painkillers

Goodrich68
Goodrich68

A weird fiction horror game about a detective with supernatural powers. So...Condemned?

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

It's all PC gaming in Poland . Keeps getting better everyday . Every moment there is new PC exclusive :-)

DyranLK
DyranLK

Keepin' tabs on this.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Finally, something new and interesting.

pal_080
pal_080

Wait... A Poland based company?!  Thanks to CD Projeckt I now have "mad respect" for any and all Polish developers!  Best of luck to these guys

Blade_Runner22
Blade_Runner22

God rays! God rays everywhere!... I used to LOVE those things but they're getting a bit overused.

(By the way, I'm very interested in this kind of game. Priority to storytelling instead of blowing things up seems bound to failure in the eyes of the general market, but it's such a nice ethical choice)

Daian
Daian

Oh, ok, so they sold the studio and now they're doing something they couldn't have done under a big publisher, I'm thinking they weren't passionate about making a cover based shooter, makes sense.

fatee
fatee

I know it's my ADD talking, but that acrylic bear would have burnt up in all of 3 seconds once lit.

slefo29
slefo29

POOPPY FACE TOMATO NOSE

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

It already sounds infinitely more interesting than EVERYTHING they have released.  Here's hoping it actually turns out good.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Not very interested in adventure games (although perhaps it's just a game that is an adventure, lol), but I like survival horror games and Patrick Galloway from Clive Barker's Undying was also an investigator with paranormal abilities. I see no similarities otherwise, but it's enough to get my interest.

RogerioFM
RogerioFM

I liked the music. I am interested. Actually I am always interested in contemplative horror stories. We need another Dark Corners of the Earth.

RealEddieMakuch
RealEddieMakuch

Pretty funny. They go from working on games primarily about frenetic, mindless shooting to something that looks to be very deep and narrative driven. I'm interested.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

ok, it's nice to see what they try next, having little (luck?) in making successful painkiller games.

*edit* yes yes, this comment is fail.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Holy shit, an indie PC developer announces a new game and DOESN'T immediately follow up by passing around the collection plate known as Kickstarter? Colour me pleasantly surprised!

Ratatoskr321
Ratatoskr321

@Blade_Runner22 - Depends on the budget and the marketing. Bioshock was very much that way and it was immensely successful. Atlus has made a more niche market but has been successful with games like 999, Catherine, Zero's Escape and other story based games. You're right though that the CoD market will probably ignore this and that's totally fine :)

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

@DarkSaber2k 

nah, people can fly have been around for ten years and have worked for major publishers, they aren't independent..

pal_080
pal_080

@Ratatoskr321 @Blade_Runner22   Remember production costs are MUCH less in Poland (compared to most of Europe and NA) so these guys won't need to sell 5+ million copies to see financial sucess, which is terrific!

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@Mega_Loser@DarkSaber2k"A group of key *ex-People Can Fly developers*," "first title of new *indie* studio The Astronauts."

 In the FIRST PARAGRAPH. Fail.