Developers, The Chinese Room and publisher Curve Digital has announced Dear Esther, the spiritual prequel to Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture will be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for the first time this year.
Dear Esther was originally released on PC back in 2012 and redefined the way games tell stories. Posing questions not just of the player, but the art form itself, single-handedly establishing a new genre, of which Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, Gone Home and Firewatch are prominent examples.
Dear Esther sees players exploring a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, taking on the role of a troubled man who is piecing together the chain of events which lead to his wife’s death. Fragments of letters appear throughout the island, weaving a complex narrative of both the recent and distant past. As the island’s secrets are gradually revealed, players will piece together a tale which will remain with them long after the screen has faded to black.
Dan Pinchbeck, The Chinese Room:
“We’ve always known that Dear Esther would continue its story and we’re delighted to be writing that story with Curve Digital. Dear Esther is a hugely important game to us, so it’s great to know it’s in very capable hands – we’re excited to see the reaction from PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players.”
For the first time, Dear Esther will give PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners the opportunity to lose themselves on this remote Scottish island with subtle tweaks, refining how the game appears and plays for the modern console audience.
After its release in 2012, Dear Esther won the ‘Excellence in Visual Arts’ award at the 2012 Independent Games Festival and was celebrated for the ‘Best Use of Narrative’ in the Develop Awards of the same year. It was also nominated for five awards at the 2013 British Academy Video Games Awards.
Simon Byron, publishing director, Curve Digital:
“It is rare that a game can be considered ‘genre-defining’; but Dear Esther is one such title. It was literally the game I set up a Steam account for, so to work with the immense team at The Chinese Room to bring their seminal game to a console audience is a genuine thrill. I’m really excited that both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners are soon to embark on a journey which has the potential to change them.”
Dear Esther will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.