One of this year’s most intriguing indie games, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, will hit PlayStation 4 on August 11.

“Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is the culmination of journey Jess and I started back in 2006, when we asked the simple question ‘what happens if you remove traditional mechanics from a game world? Will that be something people will want to play’ ” writes Dan Pinchbeck, Creative Director at The Chinese Room.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture has piqued my interest. Here are four reasons why it should pique yours.

1. “Our story begins at the end of the world.”

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture centers around the quaint, countryside village of Yaughton. Radio transmissions hint that something catastrophic has happened. Quarantine leaflets blow across the ground.

It looks like everybody just disappeared. Wispy aberrations, representing memories and events, will give you clues as to what happened in Yaughton.

2. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’s soundtrack is beautiful.

3. And the game is gorgeous.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture uses CryEngine and it shows. Yaughton is beautifully detailed. I’m digging the clean look despite the catastrophic events the story indicates.



4. The Chinese Room

The Chinese Room approaches games a bit differently than most developers. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is an open-world, story-driven mystery game. This isn’t GTA or The Witcher 3.

Fans of Dear Esther know what to expect from Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Story takes center stage over traditional gameplay mechanics.

It doesn’t sound like, or look like a traditional game – but I give The Chinese Room props for trying something unique and different. Dear Esther showed there is a market for this type of game. According to SteamSpy, around 800,000 people own Dear Esther on Steam.

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Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture will try to appeal to a new group of gamers on PlayStation 4. So far, the game’s trailers have been well received.

I’m just happy there are developers like The Chinese Room making different, unique games. I’ll never get tired of my favorite shooters, but it’s nice to change it up every once in awhile.

Are you excited for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture?

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