According to The Astronauts’ blog, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a game that should be played at night, alone, with headphones on. Inspired by the weird fiction stories and other tales of macabre of the early 20th century.
The Astronauts (ex Bulletstorm, Painkerkiller veterans) are setting out to create an immersive game that focuses on storytelling. You can expect to pick the game up via digital distribution sometime in 2013.
Anyways, here’s a synopsis of the game taken from their blog:
As a detective with the supernatural ability to visualize scenes of lethal crimes, you investigate the kidnapping of a young boy, hoping to save him before it’s too late. The investigation leads you to a beautiful mountain area, where you come across a severely mutilated body of one of the kidnappers.
Using both your paranormal skill and modern detective tools you discover the mystery behind the trail of corpses in the valley, the roots of an ancient force ruling the area, and the fate of the kidnapped boy.
What we care about the most is that the players feel like they’re really there. Immersion is our number one priority”, said the game’s designer, Adrian Chmielarz. “It’s a game about exploration and discovery. We’re not abandoning the gameplay – on the contrary: we’re trying to strip it down to the bone and make sure it’s always meaningful and truly makes the experience better.
Source: The Astronauts