Experimental indie game Dear Esther recouped its financial backing from Indie Fund in just five and a half hours, soaring to the top of Steam’s sales charts in the process. thechineseroom and Robert Briscoe’s first-person walk-’em-up released yesterday to critical acclaim, picking up glowing reviews from various gaming websites.
Less than 24 hours after its release, Dear Esther has already sold over 16,000 units on Steam.
Originally a mod for Half-Life 2 developed as part of a research project at the University of Portsmouth, this recrafted version of Dear Esther boasts gorgeous vistas constructed by Robert Briscoe, a former environment artist on Mirror’s Edge.
Jessica Curry’s ethereal soundtrack, which has already picked up plaudits and award nominations, is available to purchase via Amazon.
Dear Esther is a ghost story, told using first-person gaming technologies. Rather than traditional gameplay, the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of a Hebridean island, of who you are and why you are there.
Fragments of story are randomly uncovered when exploring the various locations of the island, making every each journey a unique experience.
Dear Esther is available now via Steam, priced at £6.99/€7.99/$9.99.
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved – and still does – the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the “The Evolution of PC graphics cards.”