Dear Esther, an experimental ghost story originally released in 2008, is set for re-release on Steam this coming Valentine’s Day.
For this remake the developer, independent studio thechineseroom, has worked with former DICE environment artist Robert Briscoe to completely overhaul the haunting Hebridean island environments, resulting in some of the most detailed and expressive scenes we’ve seen in a contemporary video game.
A trailer released today shows off not only these beautiful scenes, but also the melancholic orchestral soundtrack (scored by Jessica Curry), and the austere, gravelly voice-over of Nigel Carrington. It’s quite the thing.
The game’s unique tone delicately walks a tightrope between trembling and warmth, resulting in a fascinating ambiance carrying just whispers of the story behind the death of the eponymous Esther.
Take a look at the trailer below and see what all the fuss is about. The game will sell for $9.99/£6.49.