Curve Digital are bringing a new Director’s Cut of the original walking simulator, The Chinese Room’s Dear Esther, to PS4 and Xbox One this summer.
Orignally released back on PC back in 2012, Dear Esther tasks players with exploring a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, assuming the role of a troubled man piecing together the chain of events which lead to his wife’s death. Fragments of letters appear throughout the island, weaving a complex narrative of both the recent and distant past.
The new Director’s Cut, will feature an all-new “director’s commentary” mode, where subsequent replays of the game will be accompanied by an audio retrospective of the game’s inception, development, release and impact, as members of the original team reunite to provide the most comprehensive retrospective of the game yet. Additionally, subtle tweaks will refine how the game looks and plays – tweaking it ever-so-slightly for a modern console audience.
Of the announcement Dan Pinchbeck from the The Chinese Room said the following;
“We’ve always known that Dear Esther would continue its story, and we’re delighted to be writing that story with Curve Digital. Dear Esther is a hugely important game to us, so it’s great to know it’s in very capable hands – we’re excited to see the reaction from PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players.
Meanwhile, Simon Byron, publishing director, Curve Digital said of the announcement;
“It is rare that a game can be considered ‘genre-defining’; but Dear Esther is one such title,” “It was literally the game I set up a Steam account for, so to work with the immense team at The Chinese Room to bring their seminal game to a console audience is a genuine thrill. I’m really excited that both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners are soon to embark on a journey which has the potential to change them.”
Dear Esther will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.
Are you up for a new verison of Dear Esther, or have you had enough of walking simulators and just want to shoot something in the face instead?