Abzû looks like a wonderful Journey underwater in new gameplay trailer | PCGamesN

Abzû looks like a wonderful Journey underwater in new gameplay trailer


PC is absolutely crammed with indies, but we don't have anything quite like PlayStation's Journey. Swapping out sliding down sand dunes and gliding through fabric patches, Abzû will have players diving through the ocean depths and swimming in the midst of schools of fish. 

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Abzû really does seem to share a lot with Journey, from the strange, silent protagonist to the beautiful, alien world. There are even mysterious carvings in a unknown language, presumably telling the tale of a lost civilisation. 

"Abzû is an epic descent into the depths of the sea where players explore the mystery and wonder of the ocean, while the distinct art style blends beautifully rendered ocean environments alongside a deeply emotional narrative," says the official blurb.

"As ‘the Diver,’ players will uncover their true connection to the ocean, as the world around them begins to unlock its secrets. Fluid swimming controls allows the Diver to interact with lush kelp forests; thousands of fish and hidden worlds, which await her on her quest."

Check out the new trailer below:

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1 Year ago

That's a new trailer. Saw the prior one, too, which put this game on my watch list. It looks lovely. And going by how much I've enjoyed Ecco the Dolphin and Aquaria over the years, I think that so long as it has the mystery and area design to back it up? This is going to be a game quite fondly remembered. By me, at least.

I wish more video games could be nearly as innocent and invoking of the romantic ideals of adventure we once held so dear. I miss that. It's one of the things that video games in general lost when the homogenising happened post '06 Shitfall and the commoditising of the industry leaving everyone to follow the same toxic violent fantasy templates. It's rare, now.

Wonder and awe used to be so much more commonplace. It's kind of like the Internet itself, isn't it? It started small, with crazy and batshit designs and experiments, it was ugly and beautiful, it was alive. And then it had its life slowly sucked out of it with the homogeneity of commoditising and now almost every website looks the same.

Sure, websites in the '90s and early '00s could look ugly, but they had this spark to them. They were personal, real, and so alive. So vibrant, so verdant, so singular, and so much a handprint of every person to arrive there. It was a place of discovery and invention before corporates and their standardising hit the web with templates and frameworks. Now everything looks the same.

The same cancer affected video games. So much homogeneity. It's why I've attached myself to Battleborn and clung on for dear life. it's like something out of the '90s or early '00s when games glowed like stars with all that personality, they were luminous with the passions of their creators. It's a little spark of that and I don't want it to go away. :C

There are always little sparks. Like this one. Like this game, here. But it used to all be like this. No templates, no homogeneity. Discovery! Exploration! Passion! Verve! And crazy experiments you'd never see now.

And so much falls between the cracks with all of this grey, undead, shambling homogeneity. With every screenshot looking like the last, which looked like the one before it, where all of these games are following the same brainless, passionless, soulless template that likely involves guns and'/or swords along with design that's all about taming the eye rather than challenging it with something wild.

I found The Last Tinker in the Steam sale. How'd I miss that? I don't even know. I'm genuinely sad that I did. Sure, you had the odd movie license or bit of shovelware back in the day, but it's nothing like today where it's become genuinely hard to rummage through all the grey to find something with that spark of life.

Video games today always feels like I'm rummaging through a land fill, just looking for hidden gems and getting really dirty and tired for my efforts. Often coming away with nothing.

But there is this. This is promising. It may be fake, it may be just something that's using my memories of vibrance to exploit me. There are games which have done that, so shallow and so grey on the inside, even if they're colourful on the outside. It might be that. But it's promising. And I am watching it. And I am hopeful.

Thank you for sharing the new trailer.