It appears that some former team members from Irrational Australia can’t seem to stay above the ocean depths: the trio of BioShock 2 devs (who now inhabit Uppercut Games) are currently working on Submerged.
The game’s being described as an exploration adventure game set in a sunken city. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
From the game’s official page:
“Submerged is an exploration adventure, where you struggle to save the life of your brother after escaping from a terrible past.
Trapped in an ancient, half-submerged city and desperate for supplies, you must explore the flooded streets in your simple fishing boat, and scale the ruined buildings that hold the promise of salvation.
There is a seductive serenity to this vast city, and even a beauty to its decay. But with every passing day, your brother grows weaker, and the memories of the events that drove you here continue to resurface.
With gorgeous visuals powered by Unreal Engine 4, ethereal music and a world you want to visit, Submerged will drag you under.”
The studio’s development blog lays out the project, which seems very similar in comparison to the environment and the feel of Bioshock. But because the team is smaller, reaching the level of detail that you would find in a major AAA project is less likely, so Uppercut Games is necessitating that they get clever with how they’re prettying up the environments of Submerged, “painting” on damage and decay in Unreal 4 rather than trying to build every crack, bit of moss, dust, and ruin that you would find in a game developed by a team of 200-300 designers and artists.