The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

A dark, first-person adventure game developed by The Astronauts - a Polish team led by Adrian Chmielarz, the co-founder of People Can Fly. The player is put in the shoes of Paul Prospero - a detective who has developed certain paranormal abilities. The protagonist tries to solve the mystery behind the vanishing of a young boy. The player traverses an extensive, open world - the game is non-linear and the player is free to explore and look for subsequent clues. The game offers many unique mechanics related to making links between different pieces of the puzzle. Walking around the grim areas of Red Creek Valley, the protagonist makes use of his extraordinary abilities, making contact with the dead, experiencing various visions and visiting alternative realities. Utilizing the Unreal Engine 3, the game stands out with its high-quality visuals supported by technologies allowing to convert photographs of real-existing places into digital pictures.

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PC / Windows
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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter | PC

Adventure, FPP, Detective, Polish, indie games, exploration games

Companies responsible for The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The Astronauts | game developer

THQ Nordic / Nordic Games | publisher   Official website

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter release date for PC:

game language:
English

25 September 2014 | Worldwide

25 September 2014 | Europe

25 September 2014 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 1340 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 325 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 4
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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter | PS4

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter release date for PS4:

game language:
English

15 July 2015 | Worldwide

15 July 2015 | Europe PAL

15 July 2015 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 107 players' votes.  

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter for PC / Windows is an original adventure game, created by studio The Astronauts from Warsaw which is led by Adrian Chmielarz – a man who has great meaning for game development in Poland. It is developer’s first project created after departure of Chmielarz and some of his colleagues from People Can Fly which belongs to Epic Games.

Plot

Creators took inspirations from weird fiction, pulp horrors and horror novels written in the beginning of 20th century (like, for example, those created by H. P. Lovecraft). Axis of the story in the game is the eponymous vanishing of Ethan Carter – a little boy who probably was kidnapped by unknown perpetrators. The one who is trying to find him is main character – Paul Prospero, a private detective who has paranormal abilities. Following the lead of the boy, he gets to Red Creek Valley – beautiful mountain valley in the middle west of USA – where he finds butchered corpses of the kidnappers. Protagonist needs to solve the case of murders and find out what happened with Ethan Carter by using contemporary detective instruments and his unusual skills.

Mechanics

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter offers a vast open world meant to be explored freely and slowly. Exploration is an important (but not obligatory) part of the game which rewards player with additional clues about investigation and overall story background. In major part the game is non-linear – we can walk wherever we want and we don’t have to solve all riddles put on our way. Although having wonderful landscapes, Red Creek Valley is dreary place and it has dark atmosphere which can sent shivers down player’s spine. Nevertheless there are no real threats and Paul Prospero cannot die during the course of action.

Developers used many interesting measures in adventure part of the game (connected mainly with solving case of murders). For example, when we find an important part of the puzzle we don’t get explanation about what we found but we see single keywords on the screen which represent the train of thought of the detective (like “fresh, animal, clean ground, a few days, accident” while looking on bloodstain). We can also use above-mentioned Prospero’s paranormal abilities. Protagonist can communicate with the dead and he has visions showing him what happened in various places or with various objects/persons in the past. Thanks to these skills we can, for instance, find an item we need to solve the riddle. After we finish looking for clues, we have to recreate the past events in chronological order (they are represented by spectral characters animated directly in the game world).

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter for PC / Windows was created with Unreal Engine 3 which was modified by adding new effects. It allowed developers to create beatiful, almost photorealistic world. It is also thanks to technique called photogrammetry – it allows to process precisely the photographs of real places into digital locations.

System requirements

Recommended: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB (GeForce 8800 or better), 9 GB HDD, Windows XP(SP3)/Vista/7/8

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux - trailer

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Game Guide & Walkthrough

game guide 14 October 2014

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an adventure game, where you view the course of the action from the First Person perspective and you visit a small, open world of the Red Creek valley.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter devs are making an open world action-adventure game

News 27 November 2015 10:44

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter creators are working on a a new open world action-adventure game with deep storytelling and heavy atmosphere. The Astronouts are currently looking for an AI programmer able to work with Unreal Engine 4.