First-person Mystery Game The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Coming to PC on September 25
Polish indie developer The Astronauts has announced that its first title, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, will be arriving September 25 on PC. The studio was founded in August 2012 by the original founders of People Can Fly (Painkiller, Bulletstorm), who left that company when it was acquired by Epic Games. But The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is quite different from those aforementioned shooters; instead, it's a first-person murder mystery game.
Players take on the role of occult-minded detective Paul Prospero, who receives a disturbing letter from a young boy named Ethan Carter, and subsequently discovers he has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder. "Using both Paul’s supernatural skill of being able to communicate with the dead, and your own powers of observation, you will discover the mystery behind a trail of corpses, the roots of a dark ancient force lurking in Red Creek Valley, and the fate of a missing boy." The Astronauts say the game is less about puzzle-solving and more about exploration and discovery; the "focus is on atmosphere, mood, and the essential humanity of [the] characters." The game is non-linear with no hand-holding and zero-combat, so you're free to solve the mysteries at your own pace.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is currently available for pre-order on Steam and GOG.com for $19.99, with pre-order bonuses including the full original soundtrack (FLAC and MP3), four exclusive HD wallpapers in three resolutions, a digital map of Red Creek Valley, a "Making Of" PDF album, and a high resolution digital poster ready for print (PSD and TGA/JPG). Despite the nearly photorealistic graphics (thanks to photogrammetry technology), the game's specs are extremely low: Windows XP SP3 or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent AMD, 4GB RAM, and a DirectX9c-compliant GPU with 512MB VRAM. No release date for the planned PlayStation 4 version has been announced.