Exploring the gorgeous surroundings of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter was already enjoyable for me, so the news that Polish studio The Astronauts is following up on their first-person adventure with a more ambitious scope is heart-warming indeed.
The revelation was picked up by Gamepressure who noticed that the studio was advertising — in Polish — for a new AI programmer. "We are doing a new game and it’s an open world action-adventure," a translation of the job posting reportedly reads.
"Anyway, as suggested by the description, this will be more of a game than an explorer like [The Vanishing of Ethan Carter]. Although it will still have heavy atmosphere and deep narrative, it won’t do without men and creatures trying to kill you," The Astronauts wrote.
The posting is tagged Adrian Chmielarz, the creative director and co-founder of The Astronauts (the same position he held at People Can Fly, which was responsible for Painkiller and Bulletstorm).
At the bare minimum, I'm sure an open-world environment from The Astronauts will at the very least be gorgeous. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter was stunning when it was running on Unreal Engine 3, and I ended up replaying it last Christmas with my mother as part of our ongoing experiences exploring adventure games.
I haven't loaded Ethan Carter since it was ported to Unreal Engine 4, and I'll probably run through The Talos Principle more at Christmas. Regardless, I'm hugely intrigued to see what The Astronauts does next.