Developers The Chinese Room have announced that their critically acclaimed narrative adventure Dear Esther will be coming to Playstation 4 and Xbox One later this year. You can check out a trailer for the game below:
Dear Esther broke the mould with its original release on PC back in 2012, redefining the way games tell stories. In turn, it posed questions not just of the player, but the art form itself, single-handedly establishing a new genre, of which Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, Gone Home and Firewatch are prominent examples.
The game asks players to explore a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, assuming the role of a troubled man piecing together the chain of events which lead to his wife’s death. Fragments of letters appear throughout the island, weaving a complex narrative of both the recent and distant past. As the island’s secrets are gradually revealed, players will piece together a tale which will remain with them long after the screen has faded to black.
The console versions of Dear Esther will, for the first time, offer PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners the opportunity to lose themselves on this remote Scottish island. These versions will also debut an all-new “director’s commentary” mode, where subsequent replays will be accompanied by an audio retrospective of the game’s inception, development, release and impact, as members of the original team reunite to provide the most comprehensive retrospective of the game yet. Additionally, subtle tweaks will refine how the game looks and plays – tweaking it ever-so-slightly for a modern console audience.
Dear Esther will be available on Playstation 4 and Xbox One later this Summer. PC and Mac users can get it on Steam right now via this link.