The Chinese Room's Acclaimed Dear Esther Headed for Consoles

By Mark Delaney, 6 months ago
Before Firewatch and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and even before Gone Home, there was Dear Esther. The Chinese Room, who later went on to release a spiritual successor, Everybody's Gone To The Rapture last summer, first explored the idea of what constitutes a video game with their tale of a man left to explore the Scottish Hebrides in search of clues regarding his wife's death.

Nowadays, critics and even some fans call these games "walking simulators" due to their lack of what many would consider traditional gameplay. Instead they focus on exploration, storytelling and, often, piecing together a story out of chronological order. Dear Esther was nominated for a BAFTA and won several other awards back in 2012. Now it is headed to Xbox One.

The console edition of the game will also include a commentary track from the game's developers that acts as "a retrospective of the game’s inception, development, release and impact". It's due later this year.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a lifelong gamer and current Assistant (to the) News Manager on TA. When not playing games, he can be found cheering for a bad football team, playing Batman action figures with his son, or going to concerts with his lover. Days where he does all of those things are his favorite.