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GamerFitNation’s Tamika “REDinFamy”Moultrie got the chance to talk to The Chinese Room Creative Director Dan Pinchbeck at E3 about their upcoming game, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Starting out as a group of guys who liked to mod Half-Life 2, The Chinese Room turned into a development team when they made a mod of theirs, Dear Esther, into a full game. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a spiritual sequel to that game.
The game is set in the village of Yaughton, where everybody has disappeared. The sci-fi setting is in 1984 in rural England. At the start of the game, your goal is find out what has happened to everybody, and why you are still there. There are clues everywhere, though, from messages in radio signals, to balls of light that you can interact with. Figuring it out is up to you.
The game has no linearity to it, giving the player a way to feel that the game is real, that there is a mystery in this town, and you want to find out what has happened to the people around you. The inspiration behind the game comes from British science fiction around the 1960’s and 70’s, from the likes of John Christopher and John Wyndham. The work is gentle, as it is set in very realistic settings, giving the player a way to feel more connected and be able to relate to the game more.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture gives the gamer a way to play however they want, because gamers are smart, and they don’t need to be led to find out about the world they get dropped into. The mental skills that gamers have lets them have free reign in a world that exists in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.
With balls of light and images of people that look like they’re in mid-transport in a Star Trek movie, the game has a really fun, but still unique image to it. The games looks gorgeous, and will release August 11th, 2015 exclusively for the PlayStation 4, on the PSN as a digital download.
What do you think of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture? Will it be a great storytelling mystery game like Gone Home? Let us know what you think in the comments below! Be sure to check out the interview below!
By: Cody Dunmire
Edited by: Emily Deaton
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