Our story begins where the world ends. The world ended thirty-one years ago on this day.
The valley of Yaughton sits empty. Overlooking the sleepy village, the Observatory buildings sit silently, the gates locked. Cars are abandoned by the side of the road. Doors sit ajar and washing hangs uncollected on the lines. Phones ring unanswered. There are voices on the line and static on the televisions; strange lights dance in the woods and the churchyard. Children’s toys and abandoned suitcases litter the station platform where they have been dropped. Everything is still. Everybody has gone.
That is the storyline for the upcoming first-person adventure game Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Predictive programming is the first thing that came to mind.
The video game is being developed byThe Chinese Room and SCE Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. A “spiritual” successor to Dear Esther, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, will be set in a large open world and will be a story driven game, where players can influence the events. It was Initially announced for Microsoft Windows, but the game will now be released for the PlayStation 4 and set to debut on August 11. 2015.
The developers have been pretty tight lipped about the game, and very little is known about it, other than a trailer, which begs more questions than it answers, and a few pictures.
This exclusive for PlayStation 4 game will follow the tale of six characters in Stropshire, an English village during the days of the apocalypse. The game does not hint of any biblically based references, and according to the developers website, the game was inspired by British apocalyptic science fiction of the 1960s and 1970s, like John Christopher‘s The Death of Grass and A Wrinkle in the Skin,John Wyndham‘s The Day of the Triffids and Charles Eric Maine‘s The Tide Went Out.
The Official blog of PlayStation released a statement by Dan Pinchbeck, the creative director regarding the development and progression of the game. Pinchbeck indicated that more details will follow in the next couple of months.
Pinchbeck says that there will be lot more news about this game between now and the launch date, and that would include a development diary that lifts the hood off on how the team started from the initial ideas to the current stage, and how, over the last 3 years, the team has poured its heart and soul over the game. Although the team experiences will resemble a mini documentary, the real game will be unblemished for everyone to discover.
In Closing the website says:
As of now, ‘Everybody Gone to the Rapture’ looks all set to surpass Dear Esther and it looks certain to be a game that all game lovers will keep their eyes on. So long, and until we see you at the rapture!
Guess we will have to wait and see what this is REALLY all about…
Source: Sony Playstation Blog
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