Video Game Horror Has Rarely Looked This Good

The visual formula for delivering scares is pretty tried and true in most video games, movies and other entertainments: dim, obscured environments, weird, unexplained moisture and the use of light as a shock device. But these new screenshots from upcoming thriller The Vanishing of Ethan Carter look idyllic. Like someplace you’d like to go. Until you have a closer look.

Having a closer look is the whole point of the first game from The Astronauts, since the main character is a private investigator. These first screenshots give you a sense of the game’s aesthetics and they look pretty darn good. If not for the ever-ominous buffalo skulls—and,ok, yes, there’s something that looks like a pool of blood—you’d think that some fun camping trip is underway. Except for that image with the train tracks. Clearly nothing good is happening here.

Video Game Horror Has Rarely Looked This Good

Video Game Horror Has Rarely Looked This Good