Sony keeps the indie train rolling with a new game this summer called Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.

A new trailer was released today that paints the backdrop for the game.

“Due to exceptional circumstances, radio and television in this area has been brought under the control of the EMC as per the Crisis, Preparedness and Action Bill of 1982. Keep your radio and television on at all times. Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. Do not attempt to telephone outside your local area. Do not panic and remain civil and calm,” a voice says at the beginning.

Here’s some additional details from Sony:

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture™ tells the story of the inhabitants of a remote English valley who are caught up in world-shattering events beyond their control or understanding…

Over the course of the game, the player slowly pieces together the fate of the valley from the fragmentary memories of the people who made it their home. By finding and interacting with the traces of these lost lives, the player gradually learns about the stories and relationships of the inhabitants – how they lived, and how they died. All this is accomplished through revolutionary environmental storytelling – what you see and hear in Rapture is just as important as what you do.

The Chinese Room is the developer behind Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. You might recognize the name from Dear Esther and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.

The Chinese Room used CryEngine to make Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and it shows. The game is gorgeous.

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Several websites had a chance to play Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.

Gamespot’s Alexa Ray Corriea describes it as “gorgeous, complex and quietly terrifying.”

“It’s captivating in the most heartbreaking, sorrowful way. Something horrible has happened, and I’m afraid to find out what,” Corriea writes.

Trusted Review’s Sam Loveridge says, “I can see myself losing hours in this PS4 exclusive.”

“We’re a couple of weeks out from beta.”

That’s according to The Chinese Room’s Co-Director Dan Pinchbeck. He also said a release date will be announced soon.

“Rapture is going to be really different, an apocalypse like no other, and we think it’s going to be good,” Pinchbeck adds.

This is the first time I’ve heard of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on it.

Let me know what you think of the trailer.


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