After a relative dearth of first-person puzzlers in recent years, it seems the indies are ready to fill the void, the latest being Ether, a newly-announced adventure from White Paper Games.
In an "alternative history where individuals who possess the unique gift of ethereal projection can cure mental disease and illness", Ether takes place inside the mind of woman named Jean. You are a "restorer" who has been sent in to probe her broken memories, but have lost your identity in the process. If you're to rediscover who you are, you'll need to seek out three unique artifacts that reveal your historical connection with your client.
As the first teaser displays, Ether is a real-time 3D game with full freedom of movement using a mouse/keyboard interface. The game promises four different worlds to explore, a variety of "narrative-focused puzzles" to solve, a story with strong emotional themes, multiple endings to choose from, and optional QR-codes for additional information and social media interaction.
The first adventure from Manchester-based White Paper Games, Ether is currently on pace for release some time in the second quarter of 2013 for PC and Mac. For more information about the game in the meantime, visit the official Ether website.