Dear Esther

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Dear Esther is the commercial remake of a Half-Life 2 modification of the same name first released in 2007. This version was redesigned entirely for the Source engine. The game is set on a remote, desolate island somewhere in the outer Hebrides. It is entirely story-driven and has no action sequences. It is possible to swim in certain section, but the player's character is immediately called back when he dies. The player walks the protagonist around, exploring the island, while a narrator gradually releases information about the meaning, hinting at a motorway accident. While he moves towards an aerial through four chapters with a linear design, the significance of the accident and the link to the island become apparent. Through its slow pace and the classical-driven music, the focus is more on the ambiance and the experience, than on actual gameplay, even though there are hardly any scripted parts.

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Credits (Windows version)

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Environment Design
Narrative Design
Concept Art
Voice Acting
Technical Audio
Soundtrack recorded at
  • Phoenix Sound
Soundtrack recorded and mixed by
Soundtrack arranged by
String Contractor
Assistant String Contractor
Soundtrack performed by
Voiceovers recorded at
  • Middle Street Audio
Studio Engineer
Press and PR
Community-Based Translations
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  • 4Players
    • 2012 – Best Story of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2012 - #5 Best Indie Game / Mod of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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  • MobyGames ID: 54821


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Sciere.

Macintosh added by Kabushi. Linux added by Iggi.

Additional contributors: Patrick Bregger.

Game added February 21st, 2012. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.