It's safe to say that one of the best "teaser trailers" shown at Gamescom was the one from Everybody's Gone to the Rapture. The video started with some panicky commands being typed on screen and a good soundtrack jumped in to really create a sense of confusion, mystery and panic. The freaky eye at the end didn't announce anything good either, nor did the TV/radio saying not to go outside until it's safe!
The information revealed was minimal, but the audience definitely seemed to appreciate with loud claps and cheers at the end. The trailer let the impressions of chaos, and it was convincing. The mention "This story begins with the end of the world" showed up on screen at the end, which I think is enough to raise our curiosity even more.
In there, we learn that Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is indeed a Playstation exclusive and that it won’t be released anywhere else but on the PS4. Also, this end of the world story takes place in a rural location which simulates what the situation would look like in such a setting. Then, we can also notice a mention in the articles that say the Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a spiritual successor to Dear Esther.
What’s exactly Dear Esther? Well, if you’ve never heard of that game, you will actually be surprised to hear what it manages to accomplish. Dear Esther is an experimental, visual storytelling game that asks nothing from you but to move through its world, contemplate the scenery and listen to its story. The game takes place in a highly convincing abandoned island that will make you reconsider the level of immersion games can manage to produce. No weapons or interactivity are to be found in Dear Esther, and we’re likely to find something similar in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. However, the most interesting twist to this new game is that you will only have a limited amount of playtime to explore the game before the world ends. Of course, that will incite you to restart and replay the game to know even more about the storyline.
Still, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture intends to be a bit wider than Dear Esther in terms of options. You get six different playable characters and the game allows more interactivity as you can open and close doors of buildings and pick up objects. Dear Esther did have this feeling that you were just sitting on rails inside the Epcot sphere all while being completely powerless, while this Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture game should make you feel a bit more like you’re actually part of the world.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is another game that tries to think outside the box. Dear Esther managed to pull off something very interesting and this one could attract even more new players. I know it can be hard for some gamers to put some money on a title that won’t allow you to do much, but the investment can be worth the most unique gaming experience you’ve ever been a part of, so much that you might even want to brag about it afterwards! We shouldn’t expect much more details from Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture except its setting and expected mechanics though, as spoiling the story in any way is totally out of question for a title like this.
So, are you guys willing to pay for a title that won’t allow you to do much gameplay wise? Do you think Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture will allow the player to do more than what was mentioned here? Well, this game surely has everything set to have people talking heavily about it.
Game Category: Indie
Article by - Marc-André Messier
Insert Date: 09/14/2013