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Abyss Crew

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Aquarealm
Release Date: March 2019

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'Abyss Crew' Launches Kickstarter Campaign - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 1, 2018 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Abyss Crew is a co-op exploration videogame aboard a submarine, set in a steampunk universe.

Abyss Crew is an underwater cooperative roguelike game that allows 1 to 4 players to take on the roles of the Pilot, the Sonar Operator, the Gunner, and the Engineer, on a local or online network. The game takes place in an original steampunk universe, mainly inspired by Jules Verne’s 20.000 leagues under the sea. In this uchronical world, submarines are exploring the oceans to find a precious mineral, the orichalcum, which has becomes the economic, scientific and geopolitical pivot of a new era.

Stay sharp, keep a level head, coordinate with your crewmates, and make life-saving decisions in the dark depths of an unforgiving ocean.

Can your crew survive the Abyss?

Aquarealm has launched a kickstarter campaign, looking for $3,131, to finish up developpment on Abyss Crew.

Abyss Crew is an asymmetrical co-op bridge simulator, i.e., a game in which each player has a specific role to fill in the submarine.

The Pilot operates multiple engines, navigates hazards, takes evasive maneuvers, and helps the Gunner line up torpedo firing vectors. Visibility is limited and danger is everywhere, but listen carefully to your Sonar Operator and you’ll keep everyone in one piece!

The Sonar Operator is the submarine’s eyes and ears in the treacherous darkness of the Abyss. Monitor the surrounding environment for threats, mark points of interest, and set waypoints for the Pilot to pursue! During battle, the Sonar Operator can reveal the weaknesses and track the movement of hostiles, providing critical information to the Gunner.

The Gunner uses a fearsome array of torpedoes, mines, and flechettes to defend the submarine from numerous undersea threats, such as pirate vessels and aggressive sea creatures. He can also illuminate the surrounding area with flares, operate the sub’s drill and orichalcum extractor, and clear debris such as rocks and barricades. Or launch harpoons at a stray kraken…

The Engineer processes the valuable orichalcum crystals the crew has harvested. This extraordinary material can be used to repair damaged submarine compartments, install and upgrade various modules, or craft more powerful torpedoes. Just remember to stockpile enough refined crystals to turn a profit!

These roles were designed to encourage interactions between players: you'll have to assess every situation tactically, communicate efficiently, and trust your crewmates, as no one player can handle everything alone. This creates a deep, immersive experience and replicates the camaraderie of being part of a sea crew. 

Abyss Crew is currently scheduled for March 2019.

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