A deserted island... a lost man... memories of a fatal crash... a book written by a dying explorer. Dear Esther is a ghost story told using first-person gaming technologies. Rather than traditional gameplay, the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of the island, of who you are and why you are here. Fragments of story are randomly triggered by moving around the environments, making every telling unique. Features a stunning, specially commissioned soundtrack. Forget the normal rules of play; if nothing seems real here, it's because it may just be all a delusion. What is the significance of the aerial - What happened on the motorway - is the island real or imagined - who is Esther and why has she chosen to summon you here? The answers are out there, on the lost beach and the tunnels under the island. Or then again, they may just not be, after all...

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Well it’s been a while since my last update, but be reassured I have not been idling during my absence! Today I can finally show you what I have been toiling over this past month...

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During the past month or so I’ve been hard at work striving to hit my first milestone, to bring the first level up to a high standard that will be ready for polishing later on, and which will also serve as a visual benchmark for the remaining levels. Basically what this means is that now I have established the style of DE and have a large set of high quality pre-made assets, such as textures models and lighting, I’m hoping to proceed on the remaining levels at a much faster pace now that I need spend less time creating assets and such… Well that’s the theory anyway! Next week will be a good test as to how good my theory is, I’m at least hoping there will be some improvement over the 4 months it’s taken me to complete the first level otherwise I will be severely behind schedule (I’m hoping to get it out the door 6-7 months from now – but we’ll see). Anyways! So now the first level is at an alpha stage and ready for polish I think it’s time to let you see the fruits of my labour:

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To read more about the update, see more images (including HD wallpapers!) head over to the blog right away!

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willy-wilson
willy-wilson

wow

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KEEP_IT_UP!
KEEP_IT_UP!

this looks so stunningly beautiful... cant believe it's source btw ;)

when is this update coming out? i never tested your mod, and wanna wait for these graphics :)

edit: are these flairs from the sun 3-d or just skybox? (don't mean the glow, just the flairs) looks so good o.0 :D

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104

Just amazing... This just can't be source...

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Minuit
Minuit

Dear

God...

That is one of the most beautiful pieces of mapping I have ever seen. It's just absolutely mind-blowing the mood and atmosphere you've created here... Absolutely stunning...

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SpaceRanger
SpaceRanger

no its dear esther

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RedTiki
RedTiki

lol :V

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ghostings
ghostings

@ o @

What was once mild interest has eroded away to obsessive love.

This mapping, it's at the same level at Raindrop, better? I don't know, true beauty deserves no critique, it deserves our full acknowledgment.

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FootBallHead
FootBallHead

That... is... awesome...

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Croco15
Croco15

THIS IS AMAZING...

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Master_Of_Hiddenry
Master_Of_Hiddenry

I swear, this is absolutely the best over-all look I've ever seen in the source engine ever. This even bests most of valve's work.

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thegentleman
thegentleman

I just-I mean...oh...god!

*Rubs eyes.*
This cannot be a source engine mod.

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Leon_Kilean
Leon_Kilean

Oooo its alot more colourful now, looks so much deeper. I like that.

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Squeebo
Squeebo

Very impressive mapping

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Jesternz08
Jesternz08

looking amaaaaazing! cannot wait!!
Also thanks for the wallpapers :)

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weroper.GX
weroper.GX

very nice! I hope for many impressive explorations. :)

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Muffinssi
Muffinssi

I haven't heard anything about this for a while, but seemed to be worth of waiting. Absolutely amazing work you have made! This is just mind blowing, keep up the good work!

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wilsonC
wilsonC

This is hands down the best looking source mod out there... The mapping and textures just blow away anything out there. It's a nice change from all the blocky brush-work that we're all used to from every other source mod/game.

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Hendrix
Hendrix

amazing... again!

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum

Kudos! just the best quality work consistently

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hushpuppy
hushpuppy

jaw dropping

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ausbushman
ausbushman

Great terrain!

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Wenceslas
Wenceslas

I really love your work !
Displacement are just awesome !
Need more ! MOAR §§

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Mr.John
Mr.John

You, my friend, is a heart-breaker, a dream-crusher! WHY DO YOU HAVE TO MAP SO GOOD?!?!?!?!

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Rikachu
Rikachu

Alright. What kind of black magic are you using. You better tell us.

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Tharapita
Tharapita

As always, amazing displacement work. Best in any Source mod and we all know it.

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Rakym
Rakym

The colours that are being used are just perfect. I think thats what makes these pics seem so real.

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Killer_man_1996
Killer_man_1996

P-p-p-p-pERFECT!!!

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thatmangleybloke
thatmangleybloke

Really incredible stuff! These screenshots are masterpieces in their own right, they look like paintings. I have to say I've never seen anything so close to approaching photo-realism in the source engine.

I recommend everyone check out the blog too since there's lots more screenshots that aren't here and some are even better.

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Medevila
Medevila

Definitely one of the best Source mods ever, but it is very believable. Source is a diverse engine, with potential. He's used it to its utmost potential.

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LORDDEREX
LORDDEREX

Awesome :)

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Sibelius
Sibelius

Can't wait for release!

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