The Chinese Room's Acclaimed Dear Esther Headed for Consoles

By Mark Delaney, 1 year 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 Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.