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Still Wakes the Deep

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action
Publisher: Secret Mode
Developer: The Chinese Room
Release Date: June 18, 2024

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'Still Wakes the Deep' Adds Scottish Gaelic Language Option - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 13, 2024 @ 2:39 p.m. PDT

Still Wakes the Deep is a first-person, narrative horror set on an off-shore oil platform.

Built in Unreal Engine 5, Still Wakes the Deep is a narrative horror where you must navigate the perilous, sinking oil rig they call home, with nothing more than their wits to protect them from whatever has entered the rig, and the roiling sea below.

You are an off-shore oil rig worker, fighting for your life through a vicious storm, perilous surroundings, and the dark, freezing North Sea waters. All lines of communication have been severed. All exits are gone.

All that remains is to face the unknowable horror that’s come aboard.

The Chinese Room and publisher Secret Mode are proud to reveal that upcoming narrative horror game Still Wakes the Deep will feature support for the historic Scottish Gaelic language.

Players will be able to experience the haunting story of Still Wakes the Deep, featuring a wealth of Scottish actors such as Alec Newman, Neve McIntosh, and Karen Dunbar, with full Scottish Gaelic subtitles. Translations will also be seen in menus, tooltips, and text boxouts for certain interactable items.

Scottish Gaelic is an endangered language, with 2.5% of Scotland's population reporting some Gaelic-language skills in the 2022 Census, though knowledge of the language has increased in recent years. Presented with a unique and appropriate opportunity to spread the language further, The Chinese Room took the chance to include the language which is seldom seen in video games. This goes hand in hand with its focus on authenticity, which saw the team digging through archival footage of oil rigs in the 1970s and interviewing oil rig workers to craft the most realistic world possible.

"As a narrative studio, communicating with the audience authentically through language and character is core to what we do," says John McCormack, Project Creative Director on Still Wakes the Deep.

"Our latest project, Still Wakes the Deep, is a uniquely Scottish story and, while it is set in a relatively contemporary period, there is something ancient and powerful at the heart of it. After listening to 'Fath Mo Mhulaid A Bhith Ann' for the first time, it was clear that the game experience wouldn't be complete without a full translation deeply connected to the history and people of Scotland."

The song "Fath Mo Mhulaid A Bhith Ann (Being Here Has Caused My Sorrow)", performed by Maggie MacInnes, will be heard in Scottish Gaelic in the game's soundtrack. Fans can hear the song in the above Still Wakes the Deep launch trailer.

Still Wakes the Deep is coming to the PC (Steam and Epic), PS5, Xbox Series X|S on June 18, 2024. Still Wakes the Deep will also launch with Xbox Game Pass for console and PC.

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