It’s been a little less than a year since former veteran members of Polish developer People Can Fly left and formed their own studio called The Astronauts. Since then Adrian Chmielarz, Andrzej Poznanski and Michal Kosieradzki have gone dark only teasing and hinting at what they’re working on. Yesterday, they finally pulled the curtain back on their upcoming PC game, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. It’s quite the opposite from the likes of Bulletstorm or Painkiller, that’s for sure.
While not too much detail was revealed, we do know the basis for the game. The Vanishing is all about fully immersing you in its world through the environment and storytelling. You play as a detective with supernatural abilities who is able to visualize crime scenes. Your goal in this game is to investigate the kidnapping of a young boy in a mountain area in an effort to save him before it’s too late. The game is powered by the Unreal Engine 3 (are you surprised there?) and also new technology developed by The Astronauts which wasn’t specified at the time.
While there’s really not a ton of information or gameplay available quite yet, I’m really intrigued by what I’ve seen and read. It has a really fantastic look to it and an interesting premise. With The Walking Dead blowing up this past year and really focusing on immersive storytelling, now is a good time to release games focused on storytelling. I’m looking forward to hearing more on this one.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is set to release through digital distribution means on PC later this year. If you want an added look, here’s a teaser trailer.