The remastered PS4 version of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is now available on Steam.

The PS4 version, released in July, was a complete remake from the ground up created in Unreal Engine 4, while the original was made in Unreal Engine 3.

Ethan Carter Redux is now packaged with the original version upon purchase, and is offered as a free update to those who already own the game.

The new version makes a few welcomed improvements to how Ethan Carter plays. A new save system remembers virtually every player action and restores the world to exactly how the player left it at the end of their last session. That’s a great addition as the previous checkpoint system required you to solve a puzzle in its entirety before the game would save, so if you had to quit, your progress was lost.

Fast travel has also been added to reduce backtracking that can occur later in the game. A nice touch even though Ethan Carter is one of the fastest “walking simulators” around – you can glide across the entire space in a few minutes.

In terms of content and narrative, the version is near identical to the original, but if you’ve a keen eye you may notice some graphical changes.

“There were literally hundreds of smaller tweaks and updates to the visuals,” creative director Adrian Chmielarz said on The Astronaut’s blog, “It’s probably not something a lot of people will notice, but we could not help ourselves and made sure that the new version is as flawless as possible.”

Check out the trailer below to check out the new version, but be warned it does feature some of the game’s juicer moments.

Source: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux is out now on Steam [Eurogamer]

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