Dear Esther is an award-winning, critically acclaimed, experimental first-person game. Built in the Source engine, it abandons traditional gameplay, leaving only a rich world soaked in atmosphere, and an abstract, poetic story to explore. Dear Esther was originally launched in 2008 and is currently being rebuilt by Robert Briscoe - watch this space for updates.

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Dear Est...Esteban

2 years ago News 7 comments

Someone wrote:The engrossing world of "Dear Esteban" was created for a very simple purpose. To blow an existential hole in the players perception of their own realities. We wanted present a story so enriching to the human condition, that years from the initial play through the player will look back and think: "How was I ever that naive child before Dear Esteban pulled the wool off my eyes". We've created an interactive tour de force, so powerful, that society at large will have no choice but to acknowledge video games as mankind ultimate art form and the final stage before the event horizon of the human singularity.Engine & Tools: Unity and a masters degree in Philosophy

Travis Chen @TravisChenNolan Fabricius @ShiftlessHobo

Disclaimer: We love Dear Esther. Dear Esteban was made in good fun & parody. Dear Esteban is not so much 'Fuck This'. It's more a love letter to Dear Esther from the weird kid who doesn't have a shot but you kind of feel bad for.

Original Dear Esther out now on Desura

Original Dear Esther out now on Desura

4 years ago News 15 comments

Dear Esther a fantastic mod for Half-Life 2 is out now on Desura.

Just a quickie

Just a quickie

4 years ago News 16 comments

Just a quick update to let you know I have re-uploaded the original mod for you to download (my fault, should have been back up long ago) and that we...

Dear Esther remake to get commercial release

Dear Esther remake to get commercial release

4 years ago News 222 comments

The remake of the cult source mod Dear Esther will be released commercially in summer 2011.

Q&A + MODTY and new media!

Q&A + MODTY and new media!

4 years ago News 66 comments

So in my last update I asked for your questions regarding the Dear Esther Remake, and today I have been sifting through them and have answered some of...

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...
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Dear Esther - Original - 2009

Dear Esther - Original - 2009

4 years ago Full Version 25 comments

This is the original Source Mod for Dear Esther. Last updated 22/01/2009

Dear Esther - Soundtrack

Dear Esther - Soundtrack

7 years ago Music 24 comments

Jessica Curry's soundtrack for Dear Esther: 8 tracks as MPEG4s.

Dear Esther script

Dear Esther script

7 years ago Guides 19 comments

This pdf contains the script for the interactive story Dear Esther, as requested...

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Rus[T] Jun 17 2012 says:

The Chinese Room teams up with Frictional Games, only madness can come from this! In a good way... :).

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Dr.PstPat Apr 29 2012 says:

I dont get it, if the game is $10 then why is there still a mod? >o<

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brl1214 May 16 2012 replied:

Because it's was redeveloped by indie's to make it better. No one is forcing you to get the new version it's just goes to the indie fund.

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Aplayer12345 Apr 6 2012 says:

My PC sucks BIIIIIIIIG *****!!This mod looks awesome!WISH OTHER MODS HAD THIS KIND OF GRAPHICS!!!Can someone post me the sys requirements for this mod?My bro had it and I was like D   :

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XxRoCkBaNdMaNxX Mar 26 2012 says:

My game worked fine when I first installed it, now it crashes as soon as I get to the loading screen to the main menu. I've tried reinstalling but it didn't work :[

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asdfzxc Mar 17 2012 buried:


It's funny, the free version is actually better than the Steam version.

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tehSwiitchh Mar 12 2012 says:

Alan Wake story?

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Sadelis Mar 11 2012 says:

I'd known about this for a while but never got around to trying it, so when I heard that they were doing a legit remake I bought it as soon as it came out and it was really good. Short, confusing, but good.

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gm381 Mar 3 2012 buried:


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The1337Demi May 14 2013 replied:

It's a pretty good mod, but stop advertising it on this page!

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Highest Rated (6 agree) 8/10

Hey Dan I finally got around to playing your work. The narration was great. Stellar voice acting and writing, it really got me into the story. It genuinely seemed as though I was watching the last moments of a broken man's life, and that was quite something. However, it seemed that in your attempt to elevate narrative in games you forgot what makes a game, a game. I was constantly being annoyed by the little things. Whenever my character entered an area where you thought I should have my light on…

Feb 18 2011 by AJ_Quick

Lowest Rated (7 agree) 1/10

This game looks more like a movie mod than an actual playable mod. Other than the sharp graphics and the story, the gameplay purpose is a huge issue. On top of that, this makes one of the worst HL mods of all time in the HL series. Why? Because the remake will not be free. This mod qualifies for the YouTube episodic video(s) rather than a HL2 mod because it's better to watch rather than play. Changing the gameplay to something else that has almost no purpose is purely unacceptable. That type of…

Apr 17 2011 by PurpleGaga27

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