Last year saw the launch of a brand new horror adventure videogame from Polish indie developer, The Astronauts. That title was The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, a first-person experience in which players roam around an open world environment using unique abilities to solve crimes. Many virtual reality (VR) fans had hoped that the title would launch with official support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), but integration was sadly missing from the release. Fans need not dismay, though; official VR support is on the way.
The news was confirmed by studio co-owner and Creative Director, Adrian Chmielarz. Those that have followed The Vanishing of Ethan Carter closely will know that The Astronauts are currently remaking the videogame for Epic Games’ latest development engine, Unreal Engine 4, which features a range of tools for VR creation. When asked about possible Oculus Rift support for the title over on Twitter Chmielarz replied: “Ethan is being re-made in UE4. Worry not :)”
Chmielarz was then asked if adding VR support was the reason that the developer is bringing its videogame to the new engine. “Not exclusively but that is one of the reasons, yes,” he said.
Of course, one of the main reasons that The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is seeing this upgrade is because The Astronauts is bringing the videogame to the PlayStation 4. If the new version is adding support for the Oculus Rift on PC, could it also be the case that the developer is integrating the PlayStation 4’s Project Morpheus HMD to the console version? Chmielarz didn’t offer any clue as to if that may be the case, nor did he suggest that the title could come to other PC-based HMDs such as the HTC Vive.
Either way, many VR fans will certainly be happy that the long-rumoured VR support for The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is finally on the way. VRFocus will continue to follow the title closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.