The Chinese Room has shared new details and screenshots on Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, its upcoming PlayStation 4 game in development with SCE Santa Monica Studio.
“Since E3, we’ve been working hard to get the game up towards alpha and we’re nearly there,” creative director Dan Pinchbeck said in a blog post. “This means the game world is now locked – after many revisions as we’ve worked getting things like pacing, signposting and transitions from area to area, and around the areas right.”
There are six major areas in the game, according to Pinchbeck, each with their own distinct identity, but at the same time, “hanging together as a whole.”
“The art team have been incredibly busy churning out the volume of assets a game like this requires,” Pinchbeck said. “It’s really made us realise that the way we’ve always talked about the game, not as an ‘indie’ title, but a short-form AAA, is definitely the most accurate way of talking about it.
“Making sure everything produced is historically accurate, to really sell a complete and compelling fictionalised version of rural England in the 1980s is a big challenge, but we’ve got an absolutely wonderful art team.”
The game’s core is made up of its atmosphere and story, which Pinchbeck says will be “a deep, engrossing, emotionally driven tale set in a living, breathing world.” To achieve this, the game needs a combination of many things, including environmental storytelling to vocal performances and music, a sample of which you can hear at The Chinese Room’s website.
There’s still a lot to do, Pinchbeck said, but the team is “well past the half-way point.”
“It’s always been a tough game to talk about, because it’s a mystery, and that mystery is woven into the fabric of everything. There are clues in the screenshots accompanying this blog, just as there are in this new music track we hope you love as much as we do.
“We can’t tell you anything about the story without potentially spoiling it, so you’re going to have to be patient on that front, but we’re really pleased with how a story as non-linear as this is all falling together in a way that is really powerful and engaging which, after all, was always the whole point.”
View the new screenshots at the gallery.