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Dear Esther studio The Chinese Room bought by Sumo

Things are looking up for The Chinese Room, the studio behind Dear Esther and Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, as they've been bought by a group who also own Snake Pass devs Sumo Digital. It seems like a big reversal of fortune, letting The Chinese Room get stuck into work again. Around this time last year, the English studio laid off their development team and…

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Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture devs hang up their walking boots

The Chinese Room, the studio behind Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and Dear Esther as well as Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, have laid off their development team and are "going dark" for a bit while they figure out "what happens next". Financial and personal pressures were too much, see, so they're taking a break. When they come back, they say, it won't be to…

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Feature: A very particular place

Have You Played… Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I've a love/not-hate-but-something-gentler-in-the-general-ballpark-of-disappointment relationship with Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, The Chinese Room's follow-up to Dear Esther.

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Dear Esther’s Landmark Edition wandering out Tuesday

The 'Landmark Edition' of seminal walky story Dear Esther [official site] will launch tomorrow, developers The Chinese Room have announced. It's basically the same game, but remade in the Unity engine with a few tweaks and a director's commentary. It'll be free for everyone who already owns the original Dear Esther, and it sounds like it'll be separate rather than strictly an 'update', preserving that…

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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…

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Feature: Rain, faith and rapture

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…

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Feature: Where the wild things aren't

Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture review

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…

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Feature: Lights out

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

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.…

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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…

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Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture May Be Steam-Bound

It always seemed likely that The Chinese Room's The-Archers-Do-The-Apocalypse follow up to Dear Esther would get a PC release eventually, both given that it was originally planned to before Sony waved a bunch of cash at them and because PC is surely its most natural home. However, the extent of Sony's involvement created a great deal of doubt about whether they'd possibly de-exclusify it. Earlier…

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Feature: On Everybody's Gone To The Rapture

Englishness

Warning: in this piece I'm primarily talking about Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, which isn't out on PC as yet, though I'll willingly devour at least one item of clothing if it doesn't walk this way eventually. Anyway, I talk about STALKER and Dear Esther too, so everything's OK. Playing The Chinese Room's new game, Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, what strikes me almost immediately…

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Feature: Cages on the beds

Amnesia – A Machine For Pigs review

Fear is the event of the season. We shouldn't be surprised. As Ol' Grandfather Gillen pointed out so long ago, it's something that games are good at. It might be the thing that they are best at. Amnesia: The Dark Descent was one of the highlights in that regard: a world where vulnerability and atmospherics smothered you like the pillow in the hands of a…

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Squeal: Amnesia – A Machine For Pigs Trailer

The first footage for Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs all but confirms that the machine in question is not a belly-tickling porcine laughter factory, so there's my hopes of a My Little Piglet friendship simulator dashed to bits against a dank wall. From Dear Esther developers The Chinese Room and Frictional, the game looks much more like The Dark Descent than I'd expected, wavering vision,…

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The Beauty Of The Barren: Dear Esther

The fancy-dan version of Source-based island adventure Dear Esther causes ripples of excitement whenever it raises its haunted head, nowhere more so in recent times than at the IGF where it has received four nominations. However, there are important matters to take care of before its Valentine's Day release. To that end, I have prepared several boxes so that we can put our heads together…

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Dear Esther Arrives February 14th, At $10

I've been reading some interesting discussions about Dear Esther of late, with some folks maintaining that it's "not even a game". With just wandering about and some artful narration going for it, you can see why some people are sceptical about it being in the same category as all those other things, with their hi-score tables and their comprehensible rule sets, that currently sit in…

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Dear Esther Ready To Go For Early 2012

Earlier in the year I lost my MP3 player with a bunch of untranscribed interviews on it. The most interesting of these recordings was an interview with Dan Pinchbeck, the games researcher who has turned to making games, starting with a remake of his Half-Life 2 mod, Dear Esther. The remake, which is being done with fabulous new art (above) in the Portal 2 engine,…

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