The Chinese Room announced a brand new video game during E3 2014 known as Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Set in an apocalyptic world but with a new twist for players.
The announcement of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture comes from Jessica Curry, the composer and co-director of the IP. Jessica explains that most apocalyptic worlds have players taking control of the hero rather showing what most people turn into if an apocalypse were to happen, ash.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is based around a small group of people within a small little old town known during the month of June of 1984. Instead of playing the hero, it would seem that you’re playing the average Joe as you learn and explore the town during the last days of mankind.
Jessica further explains the game from the PlayStation Blog.
Rapture is inspired by the fiction of John Wyndham, J. G. Ballard, John Christopher and other authors who deal with ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. There’s a very particular English feel that we wanted to capture in the game, a combination of the epic and the intimate. Rapture also came from our obsession with post-apocalyptic gaming, and the simple idea that whilst we normally play as the hero, in reality, most of us would be the piles of ash and bone littering the game world. That’s an interesting place to start telling a story.
Our approach is to create a game that you can utterly immerse yourself in. Yaughton Valley, where Rapture takes place, is a living, breathing world. The world of Rapture is not just a backdrop; it’s a character in its own right. It’s great working with PS4 as its processing power makes a game like this possible for a team our size.
The game is all about discovery. It’s open-world so you have the freedom to explore wherever you like, visiting areas in an order you define, and the story is written to allow this whilst making sure every player has a strong dramatic experience. It’s a type of storytelling that is completely unique to games. The choices you make as a player have a direct impact on how you understand the story – the more you explore and interact, the deeper you are drawn into Rapture’s world.
Check out the announcement trailer down below.