Today the Co-founder and Game Designer of White Paper Games, Pete Bottomley, posted some interesting news for Ether One fans on blog.us.playstation.com. He announced that White Paper Games is now focused on developing a remake of Ether One for the PS4 using the new Unreal Engine 4. This means it is not a mere port, but rather the game is being rebuilt from the ground up to make it look and feel awesome on its new system!
He also took the time to give us a little background on White Paper Games, saying that the studio is a team composed of just five people based in Manchester, UK. Ether One was the first game they developed and Pete says they are proud of what they accomplished during the limited time period they had to work on it. They were also shocked by the great responses they got from people, as well as being nominated for a Develop Award in the Use of Narrative.
When Sony asked White Paper Games if they’d like to be on the PS4 platform, their answer was a unified YES! In his post, Pete also sends out a “massive thank you” to the folks at Sony for giving them the chance to be on PS4 as well as for providing lots of great support to White Paper Games.
White Paper Games wants to bring us a new type of game for our consoles in the future, one that we haven’t played before. In the mean time, they will keep us updated on the progress with the Ether One remake and Pete says that they are very focused on refining the experience for the game’s future PS4 players. He closes his message saying that White Paper Games can’t wait to share more of this remake with us and how happy they are to be coming to PS4!
Lastly, some of you may be asking “What is Ether One?” And for those of you wondering just that, here’s a quick recap from Pete himself!
Ether One is a first-person exploration game with optional puzzle solving. If you like to explore worlds and unravel the story without worrying about puzzles then you’re free to do so. However, if you’re the old school adventure, pen and paper type player that loves solving all the puzzles then Ether One has a lot of that for you, too. If you choose to pull apart everything in the world you’ll be rewarded with a deeper narrative understanding.
Our aim with Ether One is to tell a story about how fragile the human mind can be and what it would mean for someone close to you to not even be able to recognize you anymore. A lot of our family members have struggled with the illness of dementia and we felt it was something close to our hearts which we had to explore in our game. A lot of you reading may have experienced the effects of dementia first hand, if you have, we hope a game like Ether One will help you relate to your own experiences.
Your role in Ether One is that of a Restorer, an individual with the ability to project himself into the mind of someone suffering from mental illness in the hopes of restoring their memories. Once inside the mind, you will have to find the broken fragments of your patient’s memories in order to heal and restore them. By piecing together these fragments, you’ll start to understand more about your patient’s life, where they grew up and what your place is in all of this.