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Dan Pinchbeck on a new future for video games

Dan Pinchbeck received a speculative research grant from the AHRC to research the concept of narrative in video games. But instead of publishing an academic paper: he made a game.

Dear Esther, was an unprecedented success, winning awards for storytelling and visual art, and receiving accolades from reviewers worldwide.

Fast-forward a year and Dan and his team at The Chinese Room are now using AHRC funding to develop a new first-person adventure video game called ‘Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’. A spiritual successor to Dear Esther, the game will be set in a large open world and will be a story driven game.

‘Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’ sees Dan and his team partnering with Sony. The game will be released exclusively for Sony's next generation console, PlayStation 4, which was released in the UK on 20 November 2013.

In this AHRC podcast Dan looks back on the success of Dear Esther, and ahead to the launch of ‘Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’, and he reflects on how the AHRC is underpinning a new and exciting relationship between academia and the notoriously tough to infiltrate computer gaming industry.

Click here to view a transcript of this podcast (PDF 122KB, opens in new window) (PDF, 121KB)

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28/11/2013 9.39