The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery game focused on exploration and discovery.




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  • Adventure  
  • THQ Nordic
  • 9/2/2015
  • English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Czech
  • Single-player
    Partial Controller Support
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery game that focuses entirely on exploration and discovery. It contains no combat or explosions of any kind. If our game leaves any scars, we hope you won’t be able to see them.

You play the game as Paul Prospero, an occult-minded detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter. Realizing the boy is in grave danger, Paul arrives at Ethan’s home of Red Creek Valley, where things turn out to be even worse than he imagined. Ethan has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder, which Paul quickly discerns might not be the only local murder worth looking into.

Inspired by the weird fiction (and other tales of the macabre) from the early twentieth century, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter aims to significantly evolve immersive storytelling in games. While it features a private detective and quite a few mental challenges, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is not an especially puzzle-ridden game. Our focus is on atmosphere, mood, and the essential humanity of our characters.

Still, the discoveries won’t happen on their own, or without your help. Using both Paul’s supernatural skill of being able to communicate with the dead, and your own powers of observation, you will discover the mystery behind a trail of corpses, the roots of a dark ancient force lurking in Red Creek Valley, and the fate of a missing boy.
  • Explore and interact with the beautiful yet ominous world of Red Creek Valley, which was created with the use of revolutionary photogrammetry technology that allows for nearly photorealistic environments.
  • Communicate with the dead and see how they died in order to gather clues that help you piece together the truth behind Ethan’s disappearance -- and the fate of his family.
  • Experience, in non-linear fashion, a story that combines the pleasures of pulp, private eye, and horror fiction, all of it inspired by writers such as Raymond Chandler, Algernon Blackwood, Stefan Grabinski, and H. P. Lovecraft.
  • Conduct the investigation on your own terms and at your own pace. Although there are a few scary bits in the game, players will have no need for sedatives. Our game is less about terror and more about clammy unease.


Windows Requirements:Important Notes:
OS: WindowsXP SP3 or higher
Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent AMD
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX9c compliant card with 512MB of VRAM
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 9 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX9c compliant
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play Windows version.

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  1. Great Environment, Story, and Exploration
    by pantsonfire, USA - Jun 20th 2017

    I really enjoyed my time with the Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Environments are both interesting to explore and visually stunning (I played the newer version upgraded to the new engine). There's a good story going on too, with puzzles to solve to advance the story. My only hangup was I got a one part that was a bit scary (I get anxious with some games and made the mistake of reading a bit about the game warning of an upcoming scary part) and I have yet to work up guts to finish that portion. But no doubt, it's a first class game with combination mystery, walking sim, and puzzles.

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  2. Buy it!!
    by axehappy, United Kingdom - Jul 16th 2016

    If you have any interest at all in horror, psychological, those kind of games... well, then you need to buy this. Its outstanding.

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  3. Beautiful graphics, slow pace
    by DeadLili, USA - May 28th 2016

    The graphics are absolutely gorgeous. Though the game is fairly short and light on puzzles, the story made it worthwhile. It's a great game for a time that you want to be engaged but relaxed.

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