The Barbican and The Guardian to celebrate The Chinese Room’s masterpiece as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners begin their journey for the very first time
Acclaimed adventure Dear Esther will arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 20th, developer The Chinese Room and publisher Curve Digital have confirmed.
The console release will mark the start of a month-long celebration of Dear Esther, during which The Guardian and The Barbican will hold events which will allow members of the public to get closer to this seminal game than ever before.
Dear Esther is a narrative adventure that takes place on an uninhabited Hebridean island, upon which a lone man must piece together the chain of events which lead to his wife’s death. Widely acclaimed upon its original release on PC in 2012, it is a game unlike any other; a visual and aural experience which has rarely been bettered.
The console version comes complete with a brand new Directors’ Commentary, which saw the original development team of Jessica Curry, Dan Pinchbeck and Rob Briscoe unite for the first time in years, reacquainting themselves with the game which made the studio a global name. The commentary provides insight never before heard, offering a fresh perspective on the game’s development and legacy.
The game also features graphical and gameplay tweaks which finesse the experience on console, making this the most complete version of Dear Esther to date.
The Guardian Event on September 30th is billed as a “Directors’ Commentary Directors’ Commentary” which will see Dan Pinchbeck and Jessica Curry discuss their journey from Half-Life mod to full console release. Tickets cost £10 direct from The Guardian’s website here: https://membership.theguardian.com/event/gaming-series-dear-esther-26635208626
On October 14th, The Barbican will host a unique live performance of the game’s soundtrack led by composer Jessica Curry, accompanied by an on-stage playthrough of the game complete with live narration. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the major components of the game brought to life in what promises to be a highly emotional evening. Limited tickets remain here: https://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=20030
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition will be priced at £7.99 / $9.99 / €9.99 and will offer a unique experience to fans old and new.