“A deserted island…a lost man…memories of a fatal crash…a book written by a dying explorer.” Two years in the making, the highly anticipated Indie remake of the cult mod Dear Esther arrives on PC. Dear Esther immerses you in a stunningly realised world, a remote and desolate island somewhere in the outer Hebrides. As you step forwards, a voice begins to read fragments of a letter: "Dear Esther..." - and so begins a journey through one of the most original first-person games of recent years. Abandoning traditional gameplay for a pure story-driven experience, Dear Esther fuses it’s beautiful environments with a breathtaking soundtrack to tell a powerful story of love, loss, guilt and redemption. Winner of 2012 IGF Excellence in Visual Art. Supported by Indie Fund.

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5 comments by robert.briscoe on Jul 16th, 2012

We're excited to announce that Dear Esther is now 50% off
(UPDATE: now 75% off!) as part of the Steam Summer Sales, not only that but you can also grab the Game + Soundtrack bundle for 75% off too!

Dear Esther Scoops two Develop Awards

In other exciting news Dear Esther and thechineseroom won categories awards at this year's Develop awards, including 'Best use of Narrative' and 'Best Microstudio'!

Thanks again to everyone who's supported us and helped make Dear Esther such a success!

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johndb Jul 17 2012, 7:28am says:

As a kid, playing the mod was amazing. Now, as an adult, I play the "actual" game and a thought comes into mind. Why is this classified as a horror? It had a beautiful story, hell, everything was beautiful. Now where does the horror come into play?

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saltedDog Dec 1 2012, 4:12am replied:

There are ghosts in this game.You can google it.But it's not a fully horror game.

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silverstormX12 Oct 6 2012, 12:42pm replied:

well in my opinion, the game has some parts where a creepy atmosphere comes into place, for example, when you first enter the cave, it was dark and i was feeling reluctant to enter. the game has a sort of eerie feeling to it

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Dune_Jumper Aug 13 2012, 12:29pm replied:

I'll tell you where the horror comes to play; It's the part where they charge you 10$ for this piece of junk. It scared me pretty bad when I realized what I payed for.

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BeatYourHeadIn Sep 10 2012, 2:20pm replied:

:D good call dunejumper. i bought it on sale for 3 bucks so i managed to avoid that frightful scare. actually, it felt more like i was giving a homeless man a 6 inch egg salad sandwich from subway while accruing no good karma whatsoever!

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Scoutinabox Jun 24 2012, 9:56pm says:

I remember when this was a free mod. Ahhhhh... the good days.

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rafyax May 22 2012, 7:13am says:

fuuck why is not free !! ><

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wallywally4 Jan 3 2013, 6:38am replied:

search bar deas esther u can get the mod

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xrhstaras May 13 2012, 2:43pm says:

It ends very soon wihout be able to do anything or interact with any object in this.
Graphics are good but there is no scenario , no interaction with the world no goals nothing.
And if you keep walking and reach the tall radar/lighthouse then it ends there nothing more.
Very weird game and even it has good graphics and environments i don't recommend it to anyone.

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Mtndew2 Jun 11 2012, 2:10pm replied:

"Abandoning traditional gameplay for a pure story-driven experience, Dear Esther fuses it’s beautiful environments with a breathtaking soundtrack to tell a powerful story of love, loss, guilt and redemption."

Read the description, Dip.

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maddnesscats May 23 2012, 3:42pm replied:

Didnt you read the description?

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GusTheCrocodile May 19 2012, 3:54am replied:

When you first started on the island, what did you think? Did you wonder where you are, who you are, where you're going, why? Those are your goals.

I'd point out that unless you read the manual, even something like Super Mario Bros doesn't have explicit goals. You just do what the game encourages you to do ("go right") until it ends.

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brickmasterj May 9 2012, 2:45am says:

Wow, it's a good looking game but I think it might have a little of Amnesia...

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TimtheBigDaddy Jul 8 2012, 9:25pm replied:

It's based on a mod that came before Amnesia was even thought up.

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Highest Rated (6 agree) 10/10

I've already enjoyed the mod and so I had to buy the game. It took me 1-2 hours to play through and I guess it was the money worth. The visual is breath taking and that was the only negativ point about the mod. Now the project "Dear Esther" is quite perfect.

If you support these guys with buying their game, you'll put an example that quality should stand at the top of every video game. Maybe some big will recognize...

Feb 19 2012, 9:58am by Held

Lowest Rated (7 agree) 1/10

This game is not a game and the game length is almost as long as a movie. It's not worth the price tag for such a remake like this and should have deserved watching this through YouTube without the need to walk and play through a boring tale without the usual purpose of gameplay.

Apr 19 2012, 4:44pm by PurpleGaga27

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