The Vanishing of Ethan Carter was very clearly one of the most interesting games of Gamescom 2014. Atmospheric non-combat experiences with a strong narrative focus always feel refreshing, to say nothing of the fact that they can wind up being phenomenal if the narrative is solid. While The Vanishing of Ethan Carter‘s quality is still unclear, if all winds up well it could be this year’s Gone Home. We won’t have to wait very long to get our hands on this story-driven title, as it will be hitting PC and (presumably) PlayStaton 4 on September 25th. This announcement coincides with the release of a new commentary-based video showcasing some of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter‘s gameplay:
Players take the role of occult-obsessed detective Paul Prospero; shortly after the game begins, Paul receives a letter from the young Ethan Carter that very clearly illustrates the danger the child is currently facing. After locating Ethan’s home, Paul discovers that a gruesome homicide has occurred and, worse, Ethan is nowhere to be found. The official website lists a promising quote on how The Vanishing of Ethan Carter plays, showing that forced gameplay mechanics won’t be getting in the way of the narrative:
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter aims to significantly evolve immersive storytelling in games. While it features a private detective and quite a few mental challenges, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is not an especially puzzle-ridden game. Our focus is on atmosphere, mood, and the essential humanity of our characters.
Regardless of whether or not The Vanishing of Ethan Carter lives up to its promise, it should provide gamers with a refreshing change of pace before the AAA-heavy October games lineup hits shelves.