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Gamescom is here and we have the fans are excited it’s back. Opening Night Live gave us a vast selection of games. They showed us new titles such as Everywhere and Dune Awakening. We had new looks at the work of Glen Schofield and his Striking Distance Studios with The Callisto Protocol. We saw new trailers for Hogwarts Legacy and Gotham Knights. Lies of P was given another look with news of Game Pass at launch. Promising new titles Where Winds Meet and Atlus Fallen debuted along with the most unexpected film to game with Killers Klowns from Outer Space. However, I want to bring a game called Under the Waves to the front.

When I sat through the show, a couple of games struck me immediately out of the new games revealed. The first was Dune Awakening, being a fan of the franchise anyway. The other was a game revealed by Quantic Dream and developed by Parallel Studio. That is Under the Waves it was also featured on the Live at Xbox Booth which can be seen here. The reveal trailer can be seen below.

Let’s Explain Under The Waves

What we see is a glimpse of an oil company diver called Stan in the 1970s and his exploration of the depths of the North Sea and the events that follow. The official description on their website states.

Under the Waves is a narrative-driven adventure game about the engulfing power of grief. Set in the depths of the North Sea in a techno-futuristic 1970s, professional diver Stan is struggling to overcome a life-changing loss and embrace a new future. The isolation of the deep sea is a fitting manifestation of his state of mind, and as Stan retreads further into his self-imposed solitude, he starts to experience strange events far beneath the waves. Stuck between life and death, Stan will have to make the most significant choice of his existence.

The trailer for me seemed full of emotion, and the interview with Roan Coffeic the lead developer and the studio CEO is very much worth a look. They have also partnered with Surfrider Foundation Europe. The game’s website explains

As a love letter to the ocean, Under The Waves shines a light on the importance of its preservation. Parallel Studio and Quantic Dream are proud to partner with Surfrider Foundation Europe, a non-profit association responsible for the protection of oceans. Under The Waves will amplify Surfrider Europe’s environmental message thanks to its vibrant sea life and subtle messages shared throughout the gameplay experience.

They have become the benchmark for the protection of our oceans since 1990. For me, it’s lovely to see an important group involved with a crucial message. The game is due in 2023 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC. For PC you can wishlist it on both Epic Game Store and Via Steam. PlayStation you can wishlist here. There is no option to wishlist for Xbox but here is the store listing.

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