Posts Tagged ‘The Chinese Room’

Dear Esther Landmark Edition Brings PC Improvements

It’s been a good four years since the remake of Dear Esther [official site] took us to a spooky-ooky Hebridean island but we’re going a-wandering again soon. Remastered audio, an audio commentary from its makers, and more are coming our way thanks to a new version created for Dear Esther’s console release as a ‘Landmark Edition’ – which will be a free update on PC.

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A Wee Bit More On The Chinese Room’s Total Dark

Earlier this year, The Chinese Room (Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Dear Esther) announced its next game, Total Dark. Ut was expected to be some sort of isometric adventure with RPG mechanics but we didn’t hear much else after that.

The developers have now resurfaced from wherever it was they disappeared to with fresh news of their latest game. Total Dark, it turns out, is quite demanding on a mechanical level, so the team is taking as much time as necessary to really hash out all of the details and get things right.

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Tears In Rain: Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture

I was hoping to finish Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture [official site] on Friday so that I could share my thoughts with the bold members of the RPS Supporter Program. Friday night turned into Saturday morning and I was still playing, however, and I only managed to finish very late last night. In an extension of observations I shared with Supporters last night, here are some personal reflections on the game and how it provoked memories of childhood holidays and class-based anxieties.

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Wot I Think: Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture [official site] is The Chinese Room’s newly-on-PC game about exploring an English village in the hopes of finding out where everyone’s get to. I played it when it came out on PS4 a while back but I’ve just worked my way through the PC version and can now tell you Wot I Think:

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Everybody’s Going To Have Gone To The Rapture

The Chinese Room’s Bafta-winning game, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture [official site], is coming to Steam on 14 April. That’s tomorrow, if you’re reading this on the day of publication. So I guess at the moment it’s Everybody Will Have Gone To The Rapture. Everybody’s Going To Have Gone To The Rapture? Everybody’s Fine Where They Are Right Now But Maybe Not So Much In The Near Future?

I played it on PS4 when it first came out – it’s perhaps best described as an interactive radio play with a peculiarly British sci-fi bent and a beautiful soundtrack. I remember I wasn’t mad keen on the interaction mechanisms but I’ll definitely go through it again and offer up current opinions (and probably take a millionty thousand screenshots).

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After The Rapture: The Chinese Room’s Next Game, Total Dark, Is An Isometric RPG

screenshot of Dear Esther in which it is quite dark

The next game from the creators of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs and Dear Esther will be a systems-driven isometric adventure, inspired by tabletop RPGs and wargames. I spoke to The Chinese Room’s studio director Dan Pinchbeck about the game, Total Dark, and he explained that he’s wanted to make a game driven by RPG-style mechanics for a long time.

As well as providing us with some of the first details about Total Dark, he discussed the continuing influence of Esther, and the ways in which ‘walking simulators’ are returning to their first-person adventure roots.

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Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture PC Confirmed, Coming Soon

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture [official site], the latest from Dear Esther and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs developers The Chinese Room, is finally heading to PC. I spoke to studio head Dan Pinchbeck earlier this week and he told me that the completed PC port has now been delivered to Sony, who will be acting as publishers. Sony’s role means they’ll be responsible for selecting a release date and marketing the game, as they did with Helldivers when it came to PC late last year.

But it’s coming. The rapture is coming.

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