Dear Esther developer teases next game, Total Dark0 Comments
If there’s one indie developer that has been pumping out a lot of games lately, it’s The Chinese Room (TCR). If you’re not familiar with the name, here are some of their titles to refresh your memory: Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Dear Esther, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. Well, TCR has teased a new title currently under development, Total Dark, an isometric RPG. This will be quite the departure from their previous ventures, which are more like walking adventure games. I an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, TCR director Dan Pinchbeck said that Total Dark was inspired by his adoration of pen-and-paper RPGs and wargames like Paranoia.
“It’s a much more traditional game, an isometric adventure with a free-floating camera and lots of mechanics,” Pinchbeck said. “That will make some people happy while other people are going to wonder if we have the right experience to make that sort of game. But we absolutely do. Because most people know us because of Dear Esther and now Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, it’s easy to assume that’s the kind of game we will always make and have always made. What they may not realise is that we were developing other mods alongside Dear Esther. One of them was Antlion Soccer.”
Don’t be fooled by the ominous title, since Total Dark will feature a lighter atmosphere than their previous titles. “It’s no less weird but it’s not quite as bleak,” Pinchbeck described. Currently, TCR is gunning for a PC release, with a playable prototype ready by the end of April.
The Chinese Room Teases New Isometric RPG, Total Dark, NicheGamer