Before Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, The Chinese Room made a name for themselves and the slow paced ambulatory gaming genre as a whole with Dear Esthe. Just as with EGTTR, you’re exploring the world and a narrative embedded within it, as opposed to being an active participant, searching for fragments of letters on this Hebridean island that weave together a story.
Initially a free mod using the Source game engine in 2008, it was remastered and rereleased as a paid PC game in 2012. Now it’s coming to console thanks to Curve Digital, and today’s announcement is of a release on 20th September in the form of Dear Esther: Landmark Edition, which adds a new director’s commentary mode.
That’s the same day as Destiny: Rise of Iron, so I’m sure there’s a few marketing managers breaking into a bit of a sweat over at Activision’s head office.
Source: press release