When looking up World of Diving while “feeling lucky,” the first page you’ll come across is a website devoted to scuba diving… in real life. World of Diving by Vertigo Games, a small Dutch developer, is probably the closest most of us will come diving at that difficulty level.
Vertigo released their first gameplay trailer of their prototype of the game which displays how interesting and exciting collecting tin cans from the ocean floor can be. Through the window of a scuba mask, players can explore and interact with an oceanic underwater environment, and be rewarded for such things as taking snapshots of different fish and discovering shipwrecks.
While their goal is to recreate real world diving spots in the Caribbean, the developers say that their hope is to reach beyond technical mathematical accuracy and create a fun and immersive sim for players to enjoy. An added plus is that you don’t have to dive alone (which I’ve heard is ill-advised anyway) as the title promises online support for cooperative play.
World of Diving’s Facebook page, launched only last month, states that while the title does support, and honestly looks as though it was designed specifically for, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, it does not require the device and will be playable on multiple platforms. This is great news for those who are interested in this title, but haven’t dropped the cash for a medium that hasn’t seen a lot of action in comparison. Though it undoubtedly won’t be as cool.
In an effort to cover the cost of such a massive endeavor, Vertigo Games has reached out to the gaming community (and seen some positive interest from the diving community as well) via IndieGoGo and raised almost $15,000 of their $75,000 goal, but they still have a ways to go before their deadline on July 2.
You can check out the first look at World of Diving for yourself below.