The Astronauts is an indie studio comprised of former members of Painkiller/Bulletstorm creators People Can Fly, but their debut effort looks to be substantially different from their previous games. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a story-driven murder mystery fully centered around exploration with no combat sequences whatsoever.
The game centers around detective Paul Prospero, exploring the circumstances of the title character's disapperance. He finds himself in Red Creek Valley, where he uncovers the details of a brutal murder and at the center of a mystery. Along the way, Prospero will find several horrific sights and supernatural elements.
"We're trying to mix pulp and horror into one cohesive experience," said The Astronauts' Adrian Chmierlarz on PlayStation.Blog. "And if that makes you suspect we're making this game inspired by the weird fiction stories and other tales of the macabre from the early 20th century, then you're on the right track. Writers like Algernon Blackwood, Stefan Grabinski, and of course, the CEO of Cthulhu himself, H.P. Lovecraft have heavily influenced every layer of our narrative and world design."
For more on the suspenseful mystery brewing, check out the trailer below. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is coming soon to PlayStation 4.