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In Other Waters invites you to map out alien seas this Spring

Lurking in the deepest depths since its successful Kickstarter campaign wrapped up in 2018, extraterrestrial xeno-biologist In Other Waters will finally surface on Steam later this Spring. Captained by developer Gareth Damian Martin and a crew of collaborators, In Other Waters doesn't let you go on a Subnautica-style ocean romp yourself. You're an AI pilot on that diver's back, guiding them through alien seas, plotting their trajectory, and making sure they don't drown through a delightfully stylish interface.

Think Duskers, if every unknown alien menace was like, A goldfish. Spooky.

Cover image for YouTube video

Matt dove into In Other Waters'... well, waters, back when it was seeking crowdfunding in 2018. He was enamoured by how natural exploring this alien ocean felt - solving navigational puzzles by dissecting the local ecosystem, keeping a keen eye on how alien flora and fauna interact with each other.

"I like how its Metroid-likeness doesn’t come from finding coloured keys or whatnot, but from studying the world and its ecosystems. In the demo you have to find something to protect you from a fungal-toxin, and that involves figuring out why the nearby fauna seems to be unaffected."

The trailer slowly builds to a narrative edge, with the usual tropes of asking whether your fleshy companion can trust you. Your pal, Ellery, will occasionally pontificate to you, and you can reply with only a yes or no. It's an AI for swimming, it doesn't need to be talkative. All that's to be expected, fair enough, but I'm more drawn to this cartographic narrative. I can't wait to see what weird and wonderful images Martin can draw out of my head with a radar and some dials.

In Other Waters will set sail on the good ship Steam sometime this Spring.

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