The Vanishing of Ethan Carter: horror game inspired by the weird fiction stories and other tales of macabre of the early 20th century

After playing  A Machine for Pigs and Outlast back to back I’ve been on a bit of a horror kick. There’s always a dearth of games from years past to return to, but it’s always interesting to see what future projects are in development. I need my fix dammit!

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is the new horror game from independent developer, The Astronauts. The eight person team was founded by three of the original founder for People Can Fly, making such games like Painkiller and Bulletstorm. So just what kind of game is The Vanishing of Ethan Carter?


Well you play as the occult detective Paul Prospero, who is responding to a troubling letter from Ethan Carter, who you suspect to be in danger. The journey unfolds into that of a murder mystery were a mix of regular and supernatural detective skills will be used to find Carter and uncover the truth.

The studio has labeled the horror in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter as “weird fiction.” They stated: “our focus is on atmosphere, mood, and the essential humanity of our characters. … It’s less about pure terror and more about clammy unease.” I like this. I haven’t had a good detective/ horror game sense Condemned, and that resorted to jump scares way too quick. So it will be interesting to experience a more adult and atmospheric game. Even if this is just an early preview, the concept seems promising, and the passion from the developers will make The Vanishing of Ethan Carter a good game to keep your tabs on. The game is slated for a 2013 release on PC.

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