The founders of People Can Fly (Better known as the developers that worked side by side with Epic Games on Gears of War titles and Bulletstorm)have created another studio called The Astronauts and they just announced their first project - The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Described as a "Weird Fiction Horror" that's coming to the PC this year, I'm quite excited to see how this game turns out, we need more horror in our gaming lives, screw all the shooting. Check out the quick teaser below.
The story revolves around the kidnapping of a little boy and you play as a detective with supernatural abilities. According to the Press Release, the investigation leads you to a beautiful mountain area, where you come across a severely mutilated body of one of the kidnappers. Using both your paranormal skill and modern detective tools you discover the mystery behind the trail of corpses in the valley, the roots of an ancient force ruling the area, and the fate of the kidnapped boy.
“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 need to take note that this is a bunch of developers that used to work on Gears of War and Bulletstorm, this is completely out of their comfort zone. I applaud any developer that decides to branch out and take the risk, so I'm definitely keeping an eye on this one. The game is being produced on the new Unreal Engine 3 created by Epic Games.
[Source: The Astronauts]