Cant Wait To Play: The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter

Cant Wait To Play: The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter
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This week RaidWarning’s writing team will list some of their most anticipated games for the last half of 2013. While the year has been off to a great start with titles like Bioshock Infinite, Don’t Starve, Monaco and Neverwinter feeding our gaming urges; the last half may prove to be even better… and here’s why:

The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter by The Astronauts

Release Date: TBA in 2013

I love indie games. I know, indie is the “thing” right now and there is some debate on what can or should be labeled indie. But, for me, indie is less about whether or not a developer has a publisher or how big is their dev team; it’s about being innovative and fearless. The Astronauts have been hinting and teasing us with talks of innovation and possibly fearlessness that we might find in their newest project, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

The Astronauts have been woefully (and I suspect, purposefully) quiet about the details of their upcoming game inspired by early 20th century tales of macabre and weird fiction. Since the release of the very moody and disturbing teaser video, almost nothing has been said of the actual game, except for a few random posts. But, what’s in those few posts helps keeps this game on the top of my list.

We believe that it’s not a problem to find a good terror or action horror game these days, but if you are looking for something more subtle, where lovecraftian “unexplainable dread” of the surrounding world replaces decapitated heads and monster screams, and where the primal fear of the unknown replaces the primal fear of death – well, then it’s not that easy.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter to the rescue.

Unexplainable dread and primal fear of the unknown? Oh yeah, sign me up! This game has drawn me in and I can’t wait to soak in the immersion.

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Christmas will never be the same.

Other than some cryptic posts and a few artist renditions, they haven’t revealed much more of the game’s details. That doesn’t mean they have been quiet.

The developer’s have been putting out a post nearly weekly, providing their insights to all sorts of aspects of gaming and game development. This is where they make me believe they are trying to put out an innovative game, one that fearlessly takes on the status quo.

Their topics and opinions tackle some of the stickiest and uncomfortable aspects of gaming. From a critical analysis of Bioshock Infinite to observations of the creative process difference between AAA and indie game development to how gamers are the ultimate trolls; there is not much off limits and it’s ultimately one of the most insightful (and accessible) dev blogs I have read.

Even if you don’t play The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (and, honestly, I don’t understand why you wouldn’t), you should be reading their blog. I have a feeling, after a few posts from the team, you will be as excited as I am for this release.

 

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