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“The Vanishing of Ethan Carter” announced, by former People Can Fly staff

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The Astronauts, a developer consisting of many former staffers from Painkiller and Gears of War: Judgement studio People Can Fly, are looking to take a break from adrenaline-fueled action titles and try there hand at immersive storytelling in the form of their first project, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, which was announced today.

We don’t have a lot to go on at the moment, but we do know that the game is about a detective who is summoned to a mountain valley in order to investigate the kidnapping of a boy. Our detective has the paranormal ability to visualize crime scenes that have already happened, and he also has various traditional tools at his side to aid him. We can only assume this means the game will focus on puzzle and adventure elements.

The game is being developed with Unreal Engine 3, along with some new technology that the devs aren’t willing to share info about just yet. It’ll certainly be quite a disturbing game, in which mutilated corpses and other depressing imagery will be quite common. The atmosphere is to be very reminiscent of “weird fiction stories and other tales of macabre of the early 20th century,” designer Adrain Chmielarz has stated while speaking to VG 24/7, though the overall and much greater goal is to “evolve immersive storytelling in games.

Obviously, this a very story-focused game, and Chmielarz has stated that the gameplay will serve to compliment the story’s themes so as to bring a sense of cohesion and narrative unification to the game:

“What we care about the most is that the players feel like they’re really there. Immersion is our number one priority… 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.”

A short teaser trailer was also released, which can be seen below. Let us know what you think of this premise, and be sure to stay tuned for much more coverage of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at michaelurban@www.onlysp.com. Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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Digimon Survive’s Stylish Opening Movie Released

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The opening movie for Bandai Namco’s survival strategy game, Digimon Survive, has been released.

The opening was first shown exclusively at the “Future of Digimon” panel at Anime Expo 2019 back on July 6. The opening shows an earthquake that has hit Kanobe City, as well as some ominous red eyes (presumably Digimon) surrounding an old man in a forest. Near the end, the main character, Takuma, sees a mysterious silhouette of a girl, and the opening finishes with her singing.

Digimon Survive follows Takuma and his companion, Agumon, as they make decisions to stay alive and escape a bizarre dimension.

Digimon Survive will release on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One in 2020.

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