The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
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The Astronauts
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows September 25, 2014
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter at Wikipedia
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter 2014
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux 2015

This page is for the original version of the game. For the Redux version of the game running on Unreal Engine 4, see The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux.

Key points

When buying the game, Redux version is automatically added to game library where game was purchased or activated.
Game runs and scales very well on most hardware configurations.
Stuttering in some areas due to texture loading.

General information

Official site Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Additional step required to unlock Redux edition. See below.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Collector's Edition Includes soundtrack (FLAC), "Making of" digital album, game map, printable poster and 1600p wallpapers
Unlock Redux edition ([1]
  1. Refresh your account by visiting this link while logged in.
  2. Right click the game in your library and choose "SERIAL KEYS."
  3. Go here and enter the serial key from step 2 (not the whole link, just the key).

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip launcher[edit]

Create a shortcut to <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win64\AstronautsGame-Win64-Shipping.exe to run the game executable[citation needed]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\The Vanishing of Ethan Carter\AstronautsGame\Config\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/258520/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\The Vanishing of Ethan Carter\AstronautsGame\SaveData\SaveGame_0.sav
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/258520/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Launcher graphics settings.
Launcher graphics settings.
Launcher advanced graphics settings.
Launcher advanced graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
In-game advanced graphics settings.
In-game advanced graphics settings.

Input settings[edit]

In-game input settings.
In-game input settings.
In-game keyboard rebinding.
In-game keyboard rebinding.
In-game controller settings.
In-game controller settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, Voice, SFX, Ambience.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Use X3DAudio HRTF.


In-game language settings.
In-game language settings.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Use the unofficial Slovak language file, also contains localized textures.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.
Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
Requires VR DLC.
Oculus Rift
Requires VR DLC.
Requires VR DLC.
Windows Mixed Reality
Requires VR DLC.
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Traditional controller Partial support See Input settings for details.
Play area Native Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes with CSAA enabled[edit]

Select another type of anti-aliasing[citation needed]
CSAA has been removed from Nvidia Maxwell architecture GPUs.

CLR20r3 Error[edit]

Download the config files[3]
  1. Download the config files and extract them.
  2. Place them in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\The Vanishing of Ethan Carter\.


Do not click Restore to Defaults in the game's launcher as it may remove configuration files.

Nothing happens after clicking Play / 0xc000007b error[edit]

Reinstall d3dx9_43.dll[4]
  1. Remove d3dx9_43.dll from both %WINDIR%\System32 and %WINDIR%\SysWOW64.
  2. Download DirectX End-User Runtime and install it.


Make sure to disable installing of Bing bar in one.
Use older Visual C++ runtime libraries[3]
  1. Download older Visual C++ runtime libraries and extract them.
  2. Place all of the extracted DLLs in <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win64.

Black screen when using Steam In-Home Streaming[edit]

Select fullscreen windowed in the launcher instead of fullscreen[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
64-bit executable
Used by default if 64-bit OS is detected.


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 7, 8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
DirectX 10 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/258520/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (258520) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.