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.