GameStop's first game Song of the Deep is an underwater Metroidvania out July 12 | PCGamesN

GameStop's first game Song of the Deep is an underwater Metroidvania out July 12

Song of the Deep

The launch trailer for retailer GameStop's first published game, Song of the Deep, shows the underwater adventure awaiting players on July 12.

To see what other PC games are coming up in 2016, check our release date list.

Ratchet & Clank and Resistance developers Insomniac Games have finished the tale of a 12-year-old girl searching the depths for her lost father, who must be pretty good at holding his breath.

Through GameStop's GameTrust division, Song of the Deep will also have a physical release in the retailer's stores, but you can also just pre-order it on Steam.

The game itself is a bit of a metroidvania explorer, puzzle-solver, shoot 'em up with boss fights and obstacle negotiation sections that wouldn't be out of place in any underwater level from a 90's Mario or Sonic game.

Help Merryn try and find her very Irish fisherman dad by getting upgrades to her sub or diving gear, you know, the usual summer holiday activities for a 12-year-old.

Chief operating officer at Insomniac Brian Hastings said the game was an exploration of Irish mythology with a twist on the usual female protagonist tropes of other games by basing Merryn's characteristics on his own daughter.

"Merryn represents the qualities that I want my daughter to admire about herself – intelligence, creativity, kindness and resilience," Hastings told Gamasutra. "I saw it as an opportunity to get away from some of the norms we see with female heroes in media."

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1 Year ago

Cautiously optimistic for this. I loved Insomniac back in the PS2 days, so very much, but their offerings of late have been a bit hit or miss. After all, Sunset Overdrive was quite especially terrible,but A Crack in Time was really rather good. So it's hard to call.

I'm really hoping for the best, though. I've always loved Insomniac and I keep quietly wishing to myself that they'd go the Yooka-Laylee route and relive their PS2 glory days. Back when they could crank out an amazing game every bloody year. I mean, I even liked Deadlocked. From gameplay and story perspectives alike it was quite good. It was different, though, and people just hate novelty. Better that than a half-arsed reboot, though.

I'm perfectly okay with reboots. It allows the kids to jump on board. I just miss what made the original characters so special, that Clank was actually the one with wide-eyed wonder and Ratchet was a hard-nosed, practical engineer.

So it's hard to gauge how I feel about all that. Feelings are complicated and difficult. I really hope they succeed with this, though. It's very promising. And I do want them to succeed. I mean, it's Insomniac, I'll never stop being fond of them even after they've hit the point where they're producing garbage until they get shut down. Should that ever happen.