TheChineseRoom, the studio behind the original Dear Esther, as well as 2009’s Korsakovia has just announced that yes, Dear Esther will be getting a full commercial release in summer 2011, most likely as an independent title.
No details on pricing and distribution, but we can expect some of those closer to release.
Briscoe and Pinchbeck first showed the rebuilt mod to Valve in 2009 and they were impressed enough to grant a Source license for a full independent release.Pinchbeck said “We’re hugely excited about the license. The new version of Dear Esther will take the game to a completely new level and we’re confident it will be one of the stand-out indie titles of 2011. Once again, this shows that games are probably the most exciting and innovative medium on the planet right now, and we’re really happy to be right at the cutting edge of that.”
“For everyone who played the original mod, we can promise a totally new experience that will keep the soul of the original whilst pushing the game to a completely different level. For people who have never experienced Dear Esther, get ready for a game unlike anything you’ve ever played. In 2011, we’re going to answer once and for all the question of whether games can be art.”
Since 2009? Why didn’t we know sooner?
Now, I have nothing against these guys, and I’m sure Dear Esther will be amazing, and I’ll probably end up buying it. But wasn’t this a bit… deceptive? I mean, they even got “Best Upcoming Mod” over at ModDB.
The official Dear Esther site has been brought back from the dead for the occasion, and is currently being renovated. Strangely, Robert’s devblog has no information on the matter, the last post being his Q&A session from December.
We’ll be keeping an eye out to see what else happens with the mod.