Publisher Curve Digital and developer The Chinese Room have announced that Dear Esther: The Landmark Edition will be coming to consoles next month. Dear Esther: The Landmark Edition is the original indie hit with updated gameplay and graphical content, add to this Directors’ Commentary from the original development team, Jessica Curry, Dan Pinchbeck and Rob Briscoe, and you have the most complete version of the game to date.
The console release of Dear Esther will also mark the start of a month-long celebration of its legacy, during which The Guardian and The Barbican will hold events in the UK to allow members of the public to get closer to the seminal narrative than ever before.
On September the 30th The Guardian is holding an event 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.
October 14 sees The Barbican host a unique live performance of the game’s soundtrack led by composer Jessica Curry, accompanied by an on-stage playthrough of Dear Esther 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 so grab yours quick.
Dear Esther is a narrative-focused first-person adventure that takes place on an uninhabited Hebridean island, upon which a lone man must piece together the chain of events that led to his wife’s death. Traditional gameplay presents a truly story-driven experience, comprising of a beautifully detailed world and an emotional tale that has inspired an entire genre of games. Originally developed as an experimental visual and aural experience using the Source game engine, Dear Esther has earned multiple awards alongside critical acclaim following its original release on Windows PC in 2012.
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition will arrive on September 20 for $9.99 / €9.99 / £7.99 on the Xbox One.