Ethan Carter first vanished on PC back in 2014, and then vanished again in Redux guise on PS4 and PC in 2015. And now, in 2018, the lad will vanish once more, on Xbox for the first time. Those faithful to Microsoft’s console have waited a long time, but it seems the wait may well have been worth it.
The Astronauts’ original has been handed over to Polish outfit SPIN Software to get an Xbox One version sorted, and it looks the business: you get the full-on Redux version, now with added extra-sexy 4K if you’re rocking an Xbox One X, plus a darkness-free mode where you get to wander around the game world sans blood and fear. It’s all been rebuilt using the very latest version of Unreal Engine 4, and that Free Roam mode is exclusive to the Xbox edition – for the time being, at least.
To give you an idea of the Free Roam mode in action, have a look at these two screenshots – one with a river of blood and interaction highlights, and one without:
So, yes… that sort of thing. Basically, you can now explore Red Creek Valley without fear of running into anything scary. It’s like taking a walk, except that you don’t have to actually go outside.
Regarding the touted 4K visuals, the developer has made it clear that this is a hardware intensive game, so be warned that frame rates might take a dip here and there. For gamers who get fidgety about frames per second, there’s an option to run the game in 1080p.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is coming to Xbox One (and, by extension, to Xbox One X) on 19 January. PC and PS4 gamers wondering when they will get the Xbox One extras must take it easy and hang back – it will take some time, if it happens at all. Find out more over at the Astronauts site.