The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter is set in Wisconsin, in the fictional Red Creek Valley. Autumnal trees, each one moving in a gentle breeze, line an expansive lake spanned by an old wooden bridge. In the far distance, a dam can be made out, and just beyond that lies a mountain range. It’s all open to exploration, and looks remarkably naturalistic due to The Astronauts’ use of photogrammetry, a technique that generates highly detailed in-game assets from multiple photographs of realworld objects. In the case of both textures and geometry, the eye struggles to spot any repetition, while textures are extremely crisp up close.