As someone with an intense fear of things in the water below me, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get myself to go diving. I played some Subnautica a while back, and while I had immense fun (even though motion-sickness overcame me), the sheer size of the ocean and the untold dangers lurking in the water made me have to quit. So I’m rather thankful for games that allow me to explore the world of water from the comfort of my chair. And joining ABZÛ soon in this underwater category is Beyond Blue.
Unlike ABZÛ, however, Beyond Blue will be focusing more on the exploration and science of the world under the waves. You will explore the ocean through the eyes of Mirai, the lead of a new research team tasked with experiencing all there is to hear and see.
This video gives us a glimpse of an atoll region in the game. This particular atoll was formed around the rim of an extinct volcano that will no doubt house hundreds of creatures and micro-organisms for you to discover. An atoll, for those who did not know, is either a ring-shaped coral reef, island or series of islets that surrounds a lagoon. This is probably exactly the type of thing they’re hoping to teach us while we explore the deep blue. Sneaky devils!
— Beyond Blue (@BeyondBlueGame) October 13, 2018
E-line Media is hoping to bring their inclusive development process into Beyond Blue, just as they did in Never Alone. Even though the developing company saw success with Never Alone, I think it helps that BBC Studios, as well as some of the field’s leading ocean experts, has teamed up with them to bring the gaming community an experience that reflects wonder and “unbounded mystery” that lurks in our planet’s largest, and most unexplored, biome.
Beyond Blue will be available for PC an consoles early 2019.