Parallel Studio and writer Quantic Dream introduced at gamescom a brand new single-player narrative-driven sport titled Below the Waves.
Within the sport, you’ll dive to the depths of the North Sea in an underwater journey concerning the engulfing energy of grief. Set within the techno-futuristic Nineteen Seventies, you’ll observe Stan, knowledgeable diver working for an oil firm, going through the isolation of the deep sea as he begins to expertise a wierd collection of occasions beneath the waves.
Exploration of caves, wrecks, and underwater wildlife can be key to guiding Stan via an unexpected collection of occasions deeper into the abyss. As you observe the mysterious manifestations of Stan’s reminiscences, you should have the tough selection to stay misplaced within the depths or return to the floor.
To assist develop the sport, Quantic Dream provided Parallel Studio entry to numerous abilities and artistic instruments resembling movement seize, voice recording, animation, high quality assurance, localization, and extra.
Described as a love letter to the ocean, the sport shines a lightweight on the significance of ocean preservation utilizing assorted sea life and delicate messages shared all through the gameplay expertise.
With the sport, Parallel Studio and Quantic Dream partnered with Surfrider Basis Europe, a non-profit affiliation answerable for the safety and enhancement of lakes, rivers, oceans, waves, and coastlines.
Quantic Dream will financially help the group via a donation and can actively perform actions to help the trigger throughout and after the sport’s marketing campaign. By means of in-game activations, cross-communication, and inner actions, each studios goal to amplify Surfrider’s ecological message and ocean safety actions.
“That is essentially the most private and intense work we’ve ever performed as a studio,” says Ronan Coiffec, CEO and sport director of Parallel Studio. “We’re an indie staff of a dozen members, and every little thing we wish to convey is poured into this sport, very passionately.
“From artwork to writing, from sound design to tech, all of us acquired an opportunity to go away our mark on Below The Waves. We really hope you’ll prefer it as a lot as we liked creating it.”
“Again in 2021 once we introduced our partnership with Parallel Studio, we couldn’t anticipate gamers to find their work,” says Guillaume de Fondaumière, co-CEO of Quantic Dream. “Right this moment, we’re thrilled to current a novel expertise created by a really passionate indie staff right here in Paris.
“We’ve been in a position to work intently collectively to provide all of them means they wanted to create a sport that lived as much as their expectations and obtain their most formidable venture so far. We’re additionally very proud to help Surfrider Basis Europe, whose message and actions are core to the theme of Below The Waves.”
“For 30 years, Surfrider Basis Europe has been engaged on defending the oceans, by making most people conscious of all of the threats that weigh on them,” mentioned Penelope Giroud, advertising and communication supervisor of Surfrider Basis Europe.
“The sport provides us an enormous alternative to teach gamers on its fragility, particularly via the affect of offshore drilling, but in addition on varied different matters. We’re happy to help the sport’s creators in getting the proper and most impactful messages throughout and making certain that they match completely into the sport’s storytelling. We’re trying ahead to its launch.”
Below the Waves is coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Sequence X/S in 2023.