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Your First Look at PS4 Adventure Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Dan Pinchbeck and Jessica Curry's Avatar + Posted by Dan Pinchbeck and Jessica Curry on Aug 20, 2013 // Co-Directors, The Chinese Room

Hi there, we’re Dan and Jessica, Co-Directors of The Chinese Room. We’re based in Brighton, on the south coast of the UK. We made a game called Dear Esther for PC last year that was a first-person story-driven exploration and mystery title. It was all about immersion and emotion, rather than having lots of complex gameplay, and was slow and poetic, with a really strong emphasis on the quality of the production – music, art, writing, voice-over.

It was one of the breakout indie hits of 2012, gathering up a whole bag of international awards and shifting over three quarters of a million copies. We were left thinking “how do you follow that?”

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture on PS4

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, our new game, is our attempt to answer that question, and I want to tell you a little about it.

Like Dear Esther, the new game is all about the story. It uses simple gameplay – basic exploration of a first-person world – so it’s very friendly to people without a lot of game experience. But it’s not casual in the classic sense – this is a deep and immersive game.

It’s all about the end of the world. You play the role of a scientist, trapped in the very second of the apocalypse, and the game is about discovering what has happened. You do this by exploring a large open-world environment, and interacting with the objects, places and people you find to gradually unlock and put together the story.

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture on PS4Everybody's Gone to the Rapture on PS4

There’s also a really cool thing you can do which makes the game really different and makes this process of exploring the story something you could only do in a game, but we’re keeping that secret for now. Expect a reveal about that in due course, but we’re very excited about it and can’t wait to show it off.

When we started making Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, we knew we wanted to make a console title. We also knew that Sony were committed to pushing really interesting indie and experimental work, and figured they’d be into the ideas we were putting together. In a completely idealistic and high risk move, we forgot about the idea of a Plan B, put together a prototype and approached Sony Santa Monica. They were just shipping Journey and Unfinished Swan and we thought we’d have a lot in common in terms of ideas about story, gameplay, player experience.

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture on PS4

So what can you expect? Well, we can promise you that Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture will be powerful and deep, highly immersive and with an absolute focus on your emotional journey through the world. It’s non-linear, with a dynamic and adaptive environment, so this is about your story, a really individual experience that breaks away from the on-rails nature of lots of story-driven games into something that you have a visible impact on.

We’ve got a brilliant team of developers here, most of whom have come straight from AAA production and have worked on some of the best games to come out of the UK in recent years. As studio heads, it’s inspiring to look at the talent and experience on the team and more than anything, it makes us confident we’re making a really great game for you.

We’ll be introducing them over on the studio blog at www.thechineseroom.co.uk/blog over the next few weeks as we really kick into full production, and sharing more information about the game with you here as things develop. For now, we just want to say “hello” and let you know how unbelievably excited we are to be here, making this thing for you. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

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26 Comments

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+ Talesgirl016 on August 20th, 2013 at 11:44 am said:

Cool


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+ Talesgirl016 on August 20th, 2013 at 11:46 am said:

Does that mean you believe in God/Jesus and the bible :3


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+ poodude on August 20th, 2013 at 11:51 am said:

I’ve got to say, this and Rime were my stand out titles from the press conference. Can’t wait to see more!


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+ jonboi24 on August 20th, 2013 at 12:06 pm said:

Looks good thus far but is this digital or retail?


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+ TomatoDragon on August 20th, 2013 at 12:06 pm said:

This looks very cool. Does this fit in with that hidden painting in God of War Ascension?


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+ Ryumoau on August 20th, 2013 at 12:14 pm said:

Don’t think i’ve ever seen the biblical rapture event explored in a game before. This is very original at least. I’ll keep my eye on this game when i get the ps4.


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+ lisatsunami on August 20th, 2013 at 12:21 pm said:

One of the standouts from Gamescon. Very interested in learning more.


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+ Elvick_ on August 20th, 2013 at 12:24 pm said:

Looks great.


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+ luvtoseek on August 20th, 2013 at 1:03 pm said:

@ Dan & Jessica, you hurt me w/ those screens. The anticipation is really uncomfortable. ^o^


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+ BlindMango on August 20th, 2013 at 1:12 pm said:

I am really interested to see more of this game, it looks good! I’m really excited to see more of the actual gameplay and what the game actually is, if it will be hugely story driven, or more of a shooter, etc… You guys have got my attention! Best of luck on producing the game!


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+ NYPUNK88 on August 20th, 2013 at 1:14 pm said:

I want to explore the hell out of this game. :D


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+ AizawaYuuichi on August 20th, 2013 at 1:46 pm said:

This and The Witness are going to be two must-have games for PS4.

The overall feel I got from the trailer for this was very cool. The world looks great, and the mystery presented through the events of the game seem very interesting. Can’t wait to hear more!


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+ stlthriot on August 20th, 2013 at 2:05 pm said:

Wow, this game looks very intriguing! Can’t wait to hear and see more!


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+ YungShep on August 20th, 2013 at 2:25 pm said:

excited to hear more..


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+ Erlaxis on August 20th, 2013 at 2:47 pm said:

This is the kind of game that I would buy only for the atmosphere it shows on the screenshots. Such strong art direction. Can’t wait to know more.


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+ PanTheMan16 on August 20th, 2013 at 2:53 pm said:

Dear Esther was an interesting experience, so I’m looking forward to Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. But PLEASE tell me this isn’t built on the Source engine.


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+ deadendblues on August 20th, 2013 at 4:33 pm said:

Hiya! Love it.


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+ Kchow23 on August 20th, 2013 at 4:39 pm said:

I’m not quite sure what this game is exactly, but if you guys Dear Esther then I am looking forward to it!


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+ plaztiksyke on August 20th, 2013 at 4:53 pm said:

Day one purchase.

Can we expect Dear Esther and Amnesia to also come to PS4? Would love to play those in 1080p on my HDTV with bluray-quality surround sound :)

I’ve been avoiding buying indie games on Steam in anticipation of the PS4; looks like I was right! :)


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+ lobotomies4free on August 20th, 2013 at 6:47 pm said:

Any previous games from The Chinese Room making their way over? :-)


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+ OmegaSpear on August 20th, 2013 at 7:31 pm said:

I want to see mooore!


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+ paulogy on August 20th, 2013 at 8:58 pm said:

I loved Dear Esther. So glad to be welcoming you to the PlayStation universe!


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+ D-Squad3 on August 20th, 2013 at 11:38 pm said:

Gameplay please


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+ D-Squad3 on August 20th, 2013 at 11:51 pm said:

Is it exclusive?


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+ Nettacki01 on August 23rd, 2013 at 10:46 pm said:

Dear Esther was okay, but tbh it wasn’t that special to me. I honestly loved Flower more than that, at least Flower was able to get me engaged with the game without relying on some cryptic narrator speaking periodically.


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+ intheface88 on August 24th, 2013 at 6:21 am said:

Never played Dear Esther, though I’m well aware of what it is, but this really caught my interest. I’ll always go in for a deep story, but if the sound and music in this game is anything similar to that in the trailer…I’m all in.


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