Back to the Rapture - Part 1

Hello everyone!

To celebrate this month's PlayStation Plus offering of Everybody's Gone to the Rapture to all members, we take a look back at the development of the game with some never-before-released documents (and some images you may have seen before).

We'll pepper every installment of this series with shots of the game during development, because everyone loves pictures!

This first part will focus on the script, and we'll also talk about the story, the characters and various other aspects of the game's development throughout the week. Enjoy!

A very early shot of the church - back when Lizzie was called "Edith" & Kate was "Katy".

Deleted scenes

Here are some scenes and dialogue that didn't make it to the final game. Some offer a little more insight into certain characters, such as this first one, between Lizzie and Rhys, taking place a few weeks before the events of the game:

Scene:
Rhys is cleaning out a cubicle, Lizzie comes to find him about missing money.
Script:
Lizzie:
Rhys? Rhys? Are you in here?
Rhys:
Down the end Mrs Graves.
Lizzie:
Can you put that down a minute, I need to have a quick word.
(clatter of mop going down, Rhys approaching)
Rhys:
What is it Mrs Graves?
Lizzie:
Rhys, look, I've always trusted you, haven't I? I just don't want you to take this the wrong way or anything, I mean, I will be talking to all of the staff, but...
Rhys:
What's been nicked?
Lizzie:
I'm sorry, I just do need to ask you know. Everyone who has keys.
Rhys:
What's been nicked?
Lizzie:
Some money. About sixty pounds. From the bar.
Rhys:
So ask the bar staff.
Lizzie:
Rhys, come on! Help me here. You know exactly where everyone is going to point the finger. Tell me you don't know anything about it.
Rhys:
I don't know anything about it.
Lizzie:
You're lying to me. I can always tell if someone is lying Rhys. You tell me straight - we can sort this out, if you are in trouble, something, we can
work out, you can pay it back -
Rhys:
I didn't take the money
Lizzie:
But you know who did? Rhys, if you know who took the money, you must tell me.
Rhys:
I can't do that Mrs Graves.
Lizzie:
Help me here Rhys, If you know who took it and won't tell me, it's like taking it yourself. You understand that.
Rhys:
I know. But I promised, I just can't.
Lizzie:
You're not leaving me any choice then. You can finish the week, then I want you gone. I won't call the police yet. But you need to think about this carefully Rhys. You might think you're protecting them, but you're not.

 

This scene sees Rachel & Rhys planning to elope to Spain, and we find out who was stealing that money:

Scene:
Rhys has talked an unsure Rachel into leaving, but they can't in the storm and the motorbike won't work (EMP). They are by the bike.
Script:

Rachel:
I'm bloody soaking wet - why won't it start?
Rhys:
I don't know. The tank is full - it's the electrics, they're completely dead, must be the storm or something.
Rachel:
What, you've bought the only non-waterproof motorbike in the world? How did you manage that?
Rhys:
I'll bet Frank's got some spares.
Rachel:
You're not leaving me here while you walk to the farm. Lizzie's going to be wondering where I am. She thinks I'm still practicing the finale with the little 'uns. Di Davies is playing the piano.
Rhys:
Don't worry. She trusts you anyway. She thinks it was me that took that money.
Rachel:
No, she's not stupid. Besides, I can hardly look her in the eyes. Are you sure we've got enough?
Rhys:
Yeah, once we're in France we can start working anyway.
Rachel:
My dad will bloody skin you
Rhys:
We'll be in Spain by the time your Dad knows we've gone. It's perfect, all of this flu and pattern stuff. By the time it all clears up we'll be gone and married.
Rachel:
It's alright for you, you've not got family. I feel weird. Anyway, how are we supposed to get past the roadblocks?
Rhys:
It's a cross-country bike, isn't it? We don't need roads. Got it all worked out, haven't I?
Rachel:
If you're so bloody clever, how come the bike won't start? Oh bollocks, it's really raining.
Rhys:
Go back to the hall, I'll head to Frank's, grab some new plugs and pick you up in an hour or so. Love you.
Rachel:
Yeah, love you too, even if you are a bloody idiot.

An older version of the village, with a clock tower at its centre.

Here's a little exchange between Rhys &nd Rachel at the holiday camp hall, the day before the big Peter Pan performance - which explains the blankets and the mess inside the building when you visit it as a player:

Scene:
Rhys and Rachel are closing down the rehearsal.
Script
:
Rachel:
Thanks everyone, that's a wrap! Brilliant stuff, really sounding just brilliant, wasn't it Rhys?
Rhys:
Yeah, it were really something special. Charlie, I'm going to hang on and set-up the lights for tomorrow, will you help?
Rachel:
So bright and breezy tomorrow morning then. We'll do the last dress rehearsal at 9, and Rhys and I will have bacon sandwiches and tea ready for everyone here from about 8.30. Especially for you little ones, that'll be nice, won't it, especially in this cold weather.
Rhys:
I've got a load of extra blankets out from storage, so help yourself. Anyone who was in a tent, you can sleep in here tonight and I'll make sure the heating stays on all night, so you'll be plenty warm enough. Any questions, just give us a shout.
(to Rachel)
Alright?
Rachel:
Perfect. I'm proud of you.
Rhys:
Proud of you too. Love you.
Rachel:
Love you too. Come on, let's get the lights rigged. Charlie! Charlie, can you bring the stepladder?

 

As you can see, Rhys & Rachel had more screen time originally, and so did the bunker, that used to have a bit of an "origin story":

Scene:
Meg showing Graeme the old bunker entrance (just foreshadowing)
Script:

Meg Holloway:
Anyway, I thought you might know something about it. They never mentioned it when we took out the lease.
Graeme:
It's post-war, probably early 60s. First flush of cold-war paranoia, quite a few got dug out and equipped round about then. Have you opened it up yet?
Meg:
No. Gordon thought we could use it for extra cold storage or something, but we just never got around to it. Do you think it's big down there?
Graeme:
Hard to say really. I mean, assuming it's nuclear, then you'd want enough space for storage and things for a good few months for several people, so there's likely to be a network of rooms- some dorms, radio. You'd want to be self-contained as well, so there's probably an incinerator for waste and everything. I'd love to take a look.
Meg:
I'll get the keys from Gordon and give you a bell. It's a bit creepy having a bunker in the building. To be honest with you, I think if the bomb does drop, we'd all be better off being right underneath it anyway.
Graeme:
I'd tend to agree with you. Well, yes, if you do find the keys, as I said, I would dearly love to explore. I'll have a look in the library and see if I can work out who put the thing there in the first place. Now, I'd better be off. You know Stephen Appleton is coming back to the valley? His missus is one Dr Katherine Collins, quite a bigwig in yank astronomy apparently, and I've been told I have to clear out Tower Six in preparation for them.
I'll give you a ring if I find anything interesting out.

Scene:
Stephen and Graeme have met in the hardware outlet's shop front.
Script:

Graeme:
Thanks love, that's perfect (bell pings) - oh hello Dr Appleton, doing some DIY?
Stephen:
The coupling is loose on the scope in Tower Four, no point in waiting around for maintenance, thought I'd fix it myself. That's a lot of batteries Graeme, you stocking up for winter?
Graeme:
Eh? Oh no, no, ha ha, nothing like that Dr Appleton.
(uncomfortable pause)
Stephen:
Is it a big secret?
Graeme:
What? No, no - sorry, I forgot my manners. Meg Holloway found an old bunker in the cellar of warehouse four - they must have built the estate right over the top of an old post-war site. She said that she and Gordon were clearing out some old palettes and found the entrance just right there. Can't believe no-one saw it before. Anyway, I did some checking and it's an old radar station alright, decommissioned in the 60s. No-one's been in since.
Stephen:
Remarkable what you can find under your own feet. So you're going pot-holing?
Graeme:
No Dr Appleton, I'm going to explore the bunker.
(uncomfortable pause)
Stephen:
Right, that's sort of what I meant Graeme. Well, have fun down there.
Graeme:
Oh I will, it's ever so exciting. These places were built to survive anything you know. Could be a remarkable addition to my book on local history. I tell you what Dr Appleton, if you wanted to survive the end of the world, you could do a lot worse than set yourself up down there. Get a load of food in and you could happily live down there for years.

Looks familiar? One reference for the village shop. - source: Google StreetView

Looks familiar? One reference for the village shop. - source: Google StreetView

Surely, you were also wondering about the origins of Wendy's Big Bag Of Dead Birds™?

Scene:
A phone conversation, the pylon relaying the signal through a haze of static.
Script:

Frank:
It's me. I thought I'd best see how you were doing, what with everything all happening. Did the Fletchers or the Masons come back?
Wendy:
Oh, it's you. No. I've no idea where they've gone. Are you alright?
Frank:
Holding up, holding up. Lot of folks acting like the world's about to end though. I've had more odd conversations today than I'd care to repeat anytime soon. You?
Wendy:
Well, I'm alright, but the birds Frank. It's all very upsetting really. I've spent the afternoon picking up the bodies. I think I'm going to take them to Stephen first thing in the morning, I'm sure he'll know what to do. He always knows.
Frank (after a pause):
Listen Wendy. I know we've not talked much since... since Mary died, but, well. I'm just - I just think that Stephen, and whatever is going on. I think he's caught up in it somehow.
Wendy:
Stephen? My Stephen?
Frank:
Aye, and Kate, but I don't know...
Wendy:
Well, her being involved wouldn't surprise me AT ALL.
Frank:
Yeah, but no-one has seen her for two days. No-one knows where she is, no-one can find her, no-one can get into the Observatory. Meanwhile, your son is all over the valley, acting suspiciously, quite frankly. He told me himself that something was really wrong, he was trying to figure stuff out.
Wendy:
You've seen him? When?
Frank:
This afternoon, nearly ran me down. Then Howard came by and said he'd seen him talking to Meg over on the estate. He's been a busy boy, your Stephen.
Wendy:
I don't believe you.
Frank:
Christ woman, I'm not saying it's his fault or anything. I'm just saying he's involved, and if you ask me, he had the look of a man who'd got in over his head. Why don't I stop by and drive you over.
Wendy (frostily):
I will walk over and make my own mind up, thank you very much. I want to see if the woodland birds are faring any better. And I'll thank you to keep your insinuations to yourself. Whatever Stephen is doing, I'm sure it's all for the best. Good night Frank.

 

Speaking of Wendy, the game used to have a confrontation between her and Kate, where they both speak a bit of their respective minds:

Scene:
Wendy's beautiful garden, well tended and loved. At bottom, hung from a tree is a bird feeder, near all of the rose bushes.
Script:

Wendy:
I don't know what you are accusing me of, young lady.
Kate:
Oh, I think we both know exactly what I'm accusing you of. And I think we can safely drop the young lady stuff too, right?
Wendy:
If you are suggesting it's because you're.... you're... listen, young lady, my Eddie fought in the war against the Nazis, and they were racialists. And he fought alongside the yanks, and sometimes coloured ones too. So don't you come around here with your nasty little insinuations.
Kate (deep breath):
OK, look, I don't want to fight with you. I just wanted to tell you we can't make supper on Friday night -
Wendy (sarcastic):
Oh I am surprised -
Kate:
- there's a break in the weather and we've still got a great alignment which means we can finally start picking-up signals from the centre of the cluster. We might not get another one for a while.
Wendy:
Before he met you, Stephen would never have missed a supper.
Kate:
Before he met me, Stephen hadn't been home in two years. What does that tell you?
Wendy:
Don't you cheek me, you rude woman. If it wasn't for my Eddie and the soldiers winning the war, all you lot would be locked up in camps.
Kate:
Hasn't it crossed your mind that Eddie was fighting against people who thought in terms of 'all you lot'?... Oh Jesus, look, I'm sorry. Forget it. Stephen will probably stop by anyway on his way to the observatory. He said he had an errand to run before it goes dark and we get started.

If you had a poor opinion of Stephen Appleton, this scene between him and Graeme (the astronomy hobbyist who also works at the observatory) will NOT change your mind:

Scene:
Graeme saying he can't get into the Observatory, he's locked out. Stephen tells him to stay away, but is worried about Kate. Stephen is having a coffee and cigarette, Graeme sees him from outside.
Script:

Graeme Sampson:
Doctor Appleton! I thought it was you - I know you come here for breakfast sometime, so I thought I'd try here on my way home because I can't get into the Observatory because it's locked and oh - what's that on your face - are you alright?
Stephen (irritated and weary):
Hello Graeme, yes I'm fine, just a little busy.
(awkward pause)
Graeme:
I don't want to disturb your coffee.
Stephen:
I'll live. What is it Graeme, what do you mean you can't get in?
Graeme:
The gates are barred from the inside, so you can't use the key. Is Dr Collins up there, do you know?
Stephen:
I assume so. She was there when I left this morning. I'll call by later. Listen, it was a very long night, we need to sleep and think -
Graeme:
That's just it! I need to talk to you about it. I'm no scientist, I know that, but last night, well, I was using my telescope at home and it's, well, it's just, well, I'm not sure I know how to put it...
Stephen:
Briefly would be best.
Graeme:
What? Oh, right you are Dr Appleton. Well then. Erm. Dr Appleton, there's something wrong with the sky.
Stephen (drops his voice, air of menace):
Listen to me very carefully Graeme. I don't care what you thought you saw, you didn't. Astronomy is best left to the professionals - that's me, and Dr Collins. Last night was an extraordinary event, with unprecedented displays and its quite likely you saw something odd, because it was an odd night. But I don't want you running around scaring folk with stupid talk, do you understand?
Graeme:
Yes, Dr Appleton. What about getting into the Observatory?
Stephen:
Get in - I don't care how. Make sure Dr Collins is alright. Leave everything else to me.

 

Finally, another public service announcement from Clive that you would have been able to hear in the holiday camp (as well as a nod to radio plays):

Scene:
Reports about bad conditions everywhere, power failures etc. Lizzie fretting about Robert not being back.
Script:

Radio Announcer (Clive):
This is a public service announcement on behalf of the District Emergency Measures Council. At this point, road and rail closures are being implemented to help contain the outbreak of influenza in the western counties. We would ask you to remain calm and indoors during this period. Remember that speculation and rumour can lead to unnecessary anxiety - if you are concerned, please do not travel, but wait at home.
Your local Doctor has been asked to make house calls to all residents to assess their well-being. There is no connection between the flu outbreak and the meteorological conditions, electrical storms, power shortages and disruptions to the telephone networks. Local community leaders - headteachers, scoutmasters and members of the clergy - will act as your representatives during this period, be sure to report to them any symptoms of illness. Drink plenty of fluids and stay calm. And now, back to our regular drama, Afternoon Play, where Greg has some shocking news for Bernadette.
Lizzie (turns it off):
Look out Bernadette, he's got trouble written all over him. Oh, come on Robert, where the hell are you?

Bug!

Quality assurance/bug testing started (with the invaluable assistance of Sony's QA team) in earnest when the game hit Alpha in early 2015, and we thought you might like to get a glimpse at a funny bug we found: the mysterious case of the haunted shoes, which you can find towards the end of Wendy's chapter...

The shoes in their intended place.

While artists Rich & James were trying to set the shoes up on the wire, we found them on the ground on several occasions...

Tune back in tomorrow for more secrets from Everybody's Gone to the Rapture!