The Astronauts would have been a brilliant name for a late '60s rock-and-roll band, but, apparently, that's what a team of ex-People Can Fly developers have decided to call their brand new indie studio. Interestingly, The Astronauts have chosen a most interesting name for their first project too: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. A distinctly Lovecraftian name for a hopefully dark game that will attempt to bring weird fiction horror, exploration heavy gameplay and immersive storytelling to the PC.

Here's what the whole thing will be all about:

"As a detective with the supernatural ability to visualize scenes of lethal crimes, you investigate the kidnapping of a young boy, hoping to save him before it's too late. The investigation leads you to a beautiful mountain area, where you come across a severely mutilated body of one of the kidnappers. Using both your paranormal skill and modern detective tools you discover the mystery behind the trail of corpses in the valley, the roots of an ancient force ruling the area, and the fate of the kidnapped boy".

Oh, and the teaser you can watch above has been rendered in the game's engine. Yes, it does look lovely.

[via Joystiq]