During our time at Gamescom a few weeks ago, we had the chance to check out Parallel Studio’s upcoming underwater narrative adventure game, Under the Waves. This title, published by Quantic Dream, tells the story of Stan, a professional diver who experiences strange events during the solitude of his ocean-based mission.
The game itself features a wide seascape to explore, and as we were told by game director Ronan Coiffec during an interview at GC (which you can see in full below), it even has a pretty eco-friendly focus.
“Actually, we’re affiliated with the Surfrider Foundation Europe, a non-governmental organization that works to protect the oceans,” Coiffec told us. “With this game, we really decided to grab the strong messages, but not in the player’s face, not like greenwashing things. We really wanted to use video games as a medium, and with that interactivity, strong messages about ecology and respect for the ocean convey, so we’re just going to add some little interactivity things to put the finger on what the player can do and what the human impact on the oceans is.
One of the things Coiffec refers to is evident in the crafting system, which allows players to create new items and then reuse all the discarded materials and objects for another purpose at a later date, preventing waste being left behind and swim around in the ocean.
Under the Waves doesn’t currently have an exact release date, but we’ve been told the title will be coming to PC, PlayStation, and Xbox in 2023.