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E3 2014: Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and Left This Trailer Behind

Posted by Sammy Barker

The end of the world as we know it

It’s been quite a while since we last got a glimpse of Brighton-based developer The Chinese Room’s forthcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – and it looks like you may have to wait a little while longer for a proper look at the next-gen release. The company’s released a brand new trailer which shows an abandoned bike, a field of wheat, and, well, not a lot else.

Fortunately, composer and co-director Jessica Curry was on hand to share some more details on the PlayStation Blog. “Rapture is set in a remote valley in June 1984, and is a story about people and how they live with each other,” she explained. “But it’s also about the end of the world.” We’re off to an uplifting start, then.

She continued: “There’s a very particular English feel that we wanted to capture in the game, a combination of the epic and the intimate. Rapture also came from our obsession with post-apocalyptic gaming, and the simple idea that, while we normally play as the hero, in reality, most of us would be the piles of ash and bone littering the game world. That’s an interesting place to start.”

As such, the release will be all about immersion. You’ll have the freedom to explore the title’s abandoned open world, and the moment-to-moment decisions that you make will adapt the way in which the fiction unfolds. “It’s a type of storytelling that is completely unique to games,” Curry continued. “The choices that you make as a player have a direct impact on how you understand the story.”

Unsurprisingly, the audio will play a big part in the experience as well, and it sounds like the developer’s plumping up for a mix of the classical and the ethereal. You can hear a short sample of one of the title’s tracks in the trailer embedded below, but head over to PlayStation’s official Soundcloud page for the full thing. Has this sneak peek increased your interest levels? Let us know in the comments section below.


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User Comments (7)



Kirk64 said:

Sounds interesting, and it looks phenomenal. I will be anticipating more information about it.



Mrskinner said:

Ok trailers like that do nothing for me. They give no clue what genre the game will be and really no idea into the storyline. Kind of a pointless trailer for me



iSillyBoiJudas said:

Wonder how this "Christian apocalypse" will play a part in the game. Will this be a Journey game where you look at what's left in a world with no one left behind?



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

One of my most anticipated games, I already know I'm going to love this game. I don't really want to see too much anyway, it'll spoil the story.



Ginkgo said:

I really don't know enough about this yet, but I am watching and listening for more.



adf86 said:

As soon as I heard the title last year I was sold, I think it'll be quite a unique little exploration game. Wonder if they will do a Morpheous version too.



Beaston61 said:

Interesting story - involving Christian Eschatology! I will keep this on the radar.

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