A peaceful free-roaming mode mmmight be coming to pretty walk-o-puzzler The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, or might not. Developers The Astronauts today announced they're adding Free Roam mode to the game as they bring it to the Xbox One, see, but they won't necessarily bring it over to PC too. The feature "needs" to be exclusive to Xbone for a while, for starters, then there would be "some serious work" involved in porting it over. For now, they're saying they "probably" will bring Free Roam mode to Ethan Carter PC - as long as there's sufficient demand. Hello there, I am interested in such a mode.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter's Free Roam mode removes all locked doors, puzzles, UI prompts, and whatnot so players can potter freely, while also clearing up all those bodies and blood and bits that would make it a grim walk. Red Creek Valley is a pretty place--as John's Ethan Carter review and Mitch Bowman's envir-o-peak have discussed before--so freedom and tranquillity sound grand.
"The mode was not easy to make. We never anticipated it happening, so it took a while to clean up the place. But we believe it was worth it," game director Adrian Chmielarz said in today's announcement. "Turn down the music, leaving only sound effects on, and it's like you're really there."
Will it come to PC? Well! Chmielarz explains that the Xbone version uses "the absolutely latest version" of Unreal Engine--newer even than the one Ethan Carter's Redux updated to--and that the conversion took "quite a rewrite of some portions of the game". They can't simply copy it over. But do they want to? Seems so!
"For now, we'll just wait and see if there's any demand for the feature to come to PS4 and PC one day," Chmielarz explained in the blog post. "It does seem like it, since this section of the post exists exactly because you are already asking. So we will probably do it, but the 'probably' is a key word here. We cannot guarantee the feature happening 100%, because, again, it's not as easy as we are sure some people believe it is."
Fingers crossed. I always knew there was a nice walking simulator lurking inside this.