Digital distribution has done Dear Esther no harm at all, as the developers reveal that the title made its entire development cost back within around five and a half hours of going on sale. The Steam release is a remastered take on the original Dear Esther, which appeared as a mod for Half-Life 2.
It wasn’t quite your usual game mod though, instead offering a movie-length, narrative experience on a lonely Hebridean island. The focus is on exploration (both of the island and, I suspect, of yourself) rather than more traditional gaming activities. If you need a genre description, the developers call it a “walk ’em up”.
The remastered release, currently selling on Steam for $10 USD, features environmental art by Robert Briscoe, who worked on Mirror’s Edge.
 

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