The Chinese Room, makers of Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, have been acquired by fellow British studio Sumo Digital. Co-founder Dan Pinchbeck is staying on while Jessica Curry has departed. The news comes almost a year after the studio laid off much of its staff and went “dark.”
“We probably should have announced the run button before launch...” So say the developers of the new (and pretty good!) story-and-exploration game Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture. A last-minute change to the game’s controls left the run option unintentionally hidden from gamers. Just hold R2 for a bit!
Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Could've Been Much Harder. In a lengthy and fascinating post-mortem, designer Peter Howell goes over the game's design process, noting many areas where developers The Chinese Room differed from series creators Frictional Games. It's a great read, check it out.
Chairs in Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs aren't essential parts of the game. They're actually pretty much useless—you can't even sit on them. But they are fun to mess around with. You can even get creative with them, and if you're really patient, you can pull off masterpieces like this one, carefully engineered by Steam…