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Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, the observatory by night.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture needs a Still Wakes the Deep-level remaster

Still Wakes the Deep left a serious impression on us, but it’s also got us craving a remake of the Chinese Room’s 2015 gem, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. And, aside from prettying things, it’s a chance to fix the game’s biggest flaw.

If you’ve not played Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, you’ve missed out on a treat. This sedate adventure (or walking simulator) has you exploring Yaughton, a quiet English village. Too quiet, in fact, because there’s no-one about.

Your role is to uncover just what happened to everyone and, given the ‘rapture’ in the title, you know it’s not going to be good. There’s not a jumpscare in sight, but it’s a deeply unsettling outing, especially if you have a taste for British horror; think Quatermass meets Last of the Summer Wine.

We mostly loved it, calling it one of the most addictive games of the year and praising its sense of loneliness. But there’s one thing that still nags at us when we play, and that’s that the village doesn’t quite feel real.

Sure, there’s an odd abandoned car or two, and you’ll find drops of blood for reasons we won’t spoil. But we can’t shake the sensation we’re exploring a model village. By contrast, Still Wakes the Deep’s rig feels thoroughly lived in, before you set eyes on a single worker.

Still Wakes the Deep, the inside of a worker's cabin.
Image: The Chinese Room

You only need to step inside the cabins, with their magazines and tacked-up children’s drawings, to get a sense for who lives there. You could remove every single NPC (as Rapture essentially did) and it’d still feel like a real place.

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That’s what we’d love from an Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture remake. Make it prettier, by all means, rendered in Unreal Engine 5. But we really want to walk into a house and get a feel for its former inhabitants or, at least, to feel that it was inhabited at one point. That would seriously magnify the sense of loss and loneliness you get roaming Yaughton.

So, The Chinese Room, if you’re wondering what to do after Still Wakes the Deep and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, announce an Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture remake, and you’ll have our pre-order in five seconds flat. In the meantime, if you’ve not played the original, it’s less than £6 in the Steam Summer Sale.

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