The cult classic Dear Esther is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One0 Comments
The Chinese Room is bringing their classic explorative adventure, Dear Esther, to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this year. The developer is working with publisher Curve to bring the game to consoles.
Dear Esther originally released in 2008 as a free-to-play mod for Valve’s Source game engine. The game is nontraditional, story-driven, and emotionally charged. It takes the player to a small island in the Scottish Hebrides, where they read a collection of letters written to the player character’s deceased wife. The game has been dubbed a ‘walking simulator’ as it is exploration-based and has no tasks or puzzles for the player to complete.
The Chinese Room created a cult classic that inspired later titles such as Gone Home and this year’s popular Firewatch. The game has been lauded for its emotional impact and its influence in creating a new genre of virtual storytelling.
With the increasing popularity and financial success of newer 'walking simulators,' it’s the perfect time for Dear Esther to see a console rerelease. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions of the game will bring some new features for long-time fans as well, including a brand new Directors’ Commentary track.
Earlier this week, The Chinese Room shared that their latest PlayStation-exclusive release Everybody's Gone to the Rapture would be receiving similar treatment with a PC port later this year.
Dear Esther will be coming to consoles later this year.
Dear Esther is coming to consoles!, The Chinese Room blog