Polish developers People Can Fly were behind the brutally violent Painkiller and the deleriously entertaining Bulletstorm. The company rebranded as Epic Games Poland in 2013 when creative director Adrian Chmielarz decided to head to pastures new.
Those new pastures became The Astronauts, an indie developer with a very different mission statement to the bullets and booms of People Can Fly. And they're mailing that missive to the mast with The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.
It's set to be a first person adventure title - you'll play as a paranormally inclined investigator called Paul Prospero who gets a plea for helpfrom a child in a small town called Red Creek Valley. When you arrive the child, Ethan Carter, is missing and the town has been rocked by a horrific murder. You'll have to find Ethan and uncover the mysteries that lie beneath this idyllic place.
A second trailer has been released at Gamecom, along with the confirmation that the game is coming to PS4 at some future time. It's also set to launch on PC in the next few weeks.
The Unreal Engine visuals are very fine indeed but its the gameplay that's more intriguing. It seems almost like you're floating through the levels but you can clearly interact with things. Perhaps Prospero is murdered too and has to continue to search for Ethan as things get more and more desperate?
It's all guesswork right now but that would be an interesting twist. Watching events in the past unfold to piece together what really happened is a nice mechanic and the developers have said its more about story than puzzles so expect a level of challenge not much off The Walking Dead video game. So little to none, probably.
Another indie to look forward to here, methinks.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter will release on PC on the 26th of September. A PS4 release will follow later, with no further consoles announced.