Insomniac’s Song Of The Deep Diving Down In July

With all the buzz surrounding Consoleland’s Ratchet & Clank reimagining lately, it’s almost easy to forget Insomniac Games are bringing something to PC this year. Song of the Deep [official site] is a stylish underwater Metroidvania that marks a rare foray into PC development for the serial console game devs. Publishers GameStop have now announced July 12 as its release date, and have also revealed a new trailer. Ahoy:

Song of the Deep will see Merryn search of her father who’s failed to return from a routine fishing voyage. After a vivid dream where her old man was trapped in the bowels of the ocean, Merryn has taken it upon herself to craft her own submarine and set out into the deep. As you do. Her journey sees her “make friends, discover lost civilizations and ruins, and upgrade her submarine to explore even deeper,” so says the game’s site, in a tale that’s inspired by Irish mythology.

All of this unfolds in Metroidvania style, meaning you’ll unlock special abilities and new areas as you progress. As can be seen in the above trailer, it also appears to have elements of traditional sidescrolling shoot ’em up mechanics, however some of those set-tos and explosions look a bit jarring against the lovely background environments.

That said, there’s still a few months to go so hopefully that all gets tidied up in the meantime. Otherwise, Song of the Deep is looking rather lovely ahead of its July 12 Steam release.

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  1. Karel Crombecq says:

    Wow, this game reminds me so much of Aquaria on basically every level: art, narration, different settings, gameplay, …

    It reminds me so much of it that it feels like a 3D remake of Aquaria to me.

    • klops says:

      Could be good. I’m still sad that Aquaria never got a sequel.

    • PseudoKnight says:

      Despite some theme differences, I was going to say the same thing.

      Also, what the hell. Insomniac comes out with a rare PC release, but now it’s published by GameStop. Boo.

  2. Justoffscreen says:

    This looks like a not-as-good Aquaria.

  3. PancakeWizard says:

    I kind of bounced of Aquaria that everyone is comparing this too. Maybe I should give it another shot.

    For Metroidvania games of recent years I’ve enjoyed but some may have missed: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and Dust: An Elysian Tale.

  4. isolatedRay says:

    yes, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet for sure, I also like Guacamelee Gold/Super Turbo Championship Edition, and Strider.

  5. Jstn says:

    Seeing this (the spinning hammer) made me realize that what I really want is a Hammerfight metroidvania (though to fully enjoy Hammerfight, you have to turn the mouse sensitivity all the way up).

    • Waltorious says:

      Yes! I’d love to see more Hammerfight games. An exploration-focused game would be perfect as it has such an interesting world.