Eight key members of the People Can Fly studio, the ones who brought us Bulletstorm and Painkiller, created a new studio last year called The Astronauts. Earlier today the team released several screenshots of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, a horror game that's focused on the mood, atmosphere, and telling a story. The developers call it "weird fiction horror," where the scares are more tension-based than all-out terror.
In The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, you play as occult detective Paul Prospero who receives a letter from the title character, Ethan Carter. Paul believes Ethan is in grave danger, and when he arrives in the town of Red Creek Valley to locate him, Ethan has vanished after a brutal murder. Perhaps there are more murders to investigate than just that one, and Paul must use both his normal and supernatural detective skills to piece together the clues.
Paul's supernatural ability allows to him see the final moments of a murder, with the more clues you find enabling a longer and clearer picture. What you're able to gather from the corpse can be different for each one, so sometimes you may find the motive or a new location to investigate, or even both. Gameplay is delivered in a first-person view, so you'll have an up-close look at the game's stunning environments and and murder clues. There's no combat in the game, as The Astronauts want to deliver a solid story and highlight the humanity of the characters.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a PC exclusive right now, but it could make its way to next-gen systems later on. There's no release date either, but the developer says "it's a question of months."