Hey! We’re White Paper Games and we’re REALLY excited to announce that we’re joining the PlayStation family. We released a game called Ether One back in March 2014 on PC and we’re now focused on developing on PS4. The exciting thing about releasing on PS4 is that we’ll be creating Ether One from scratch in the new Unreal Engine 4. That means it’s not just a direct port, we’ll be re-building it again in UE4 to make it feel great on console.
To give you a little background about our studio, we’re a team of five from Manchester in the UK. Ether One was our first game and we’re really proud of what we achieved in a short space of time. Like being nominated for a Develop Award in the Use of Narrative, we’ve been blown away by how good the response from people has been.
We have to admit, we love our PlayStation, so when Sony asked us if we wanted to be on the platform our answer was unanimously YES! Sony have been really great providing a small studio like ours with so much support and the opportunity to get onto PS4, so we’d like to give them a massive thank you.
So, what is Ether One?
Ether One is a first-person exploration game with optional puzzle solving. If you like to explore worlds and unravel the story without worrying about puzzles then you’re free to do so. However, if you’re the old school adventure, pen and paper type player that loves solving all the puzzles then Ether One has a lot of that for you, too. If you choose to pull apart everything in the world you’ll be rewarded with a deeper narrative understanding.
Our aim with Ether One is to tell a story about how fragile the human mind can be and what it would mean for someone close to you to not even be able to recognize you anymore. A lot of our family members have struggled with the illness of dementia and we felt it was something close to our hearts which we had to explore in our game. A lot of you reading may have experienced the effects of dementia first hand, if you have, we hope a game like Ether One will help you relate to your own experiences.
Your role in Ether One is that of a Restorer, an individual with the ability to project himself into the mind of someone suffering from mental illness in the hopes of restoring their memories. Once inside the mind, you will have to find the broken fragments of your patient’s memories in order to heal and restore them. By piecing together these fragments, you’ll start to understand more about your patient’s life, where they grew up and what your place is in all of this.
We hope we can bring you a new type of game for your consoles that you haven’t played before. We’ll be sure to keep you all updated on our progress and since Ether One is already out on PC, it means we can spend a lot of time focusing on refining the experience for console. We can’t say enough how excited we are to be joining you all on PS4 and can’t wait to share more of it with you.