The Astronauts consists of an eight-person development team that originally founded People Can Fly, creators of the immature yet crazy fun shooter Bulletstorm. You'd be inclined to believe that the former studio is moving on to something similar, but you'd be wrong. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a vastly different project that's been known about for quite some time, and it was only going to be released for the PC. However, with Sony's continued and reliable support for indie developers, it's not too much of a shock that the game will be making its way to consoles with the PlayStation 4 leading the charge.
While the new trailer gives an indication of how the game will be played, Adrian Chmierlarz of The Astronauts has given a more clear description over on the PlayStation Blog. He describes it as a "story-driven mystery game that focuses entirely on exploration and discovery, featuring no combat or explosions of any kind". You play as Paul Prospero, a detective who's received a concerning letter from a boy named Ethan Carter. When Paul seeks him out in his hometown, he learns that the titular character has gone missing after a local murder.
Knowing that there's something deeper behind these strange circumstances, you'll have to explore the town of Red Creek Valley and uncover the secrets that it holds with some brain power and resilience, especially seeing as it's going to have some bizarre and unsettling elements that are inspired by "Algernon Blackwood, Stefan Grabinski, and of course, the CEO of Cthulhu himself, H.P. Lovecraft".
Although there's no release date to make note of, you can journey deeper into the dark world of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter courtesy of the trailer embedded below. What do you think of this addition to the PS4's indie library? Deduce the trailer in the comments section below, and tell us what you think.