Perhaps the only thing more fantastical than the wondrous Journey would be an underwater journey. That's exactly what Giant Squid thought, as the new indie team led by Journey's Art Director has just released the deep sea exploration adventure called ABZÛ. And this time, both PC and PlayStation 4 gamers get to experience it.
Like its above-ground predecessor, ABZÛ is all about the journey rather than the destination. Literally plunging in, you will "discover a lush hidden world as you descend into the heart of the ocean, where ancient secrets lie forgotten and encounters with majestic creatures await." The game forsakes formal storytelling, instead drawing "inspiration from a deep, innate story that we all carry in our collective subconscious, a universal origin myth that resonates across cultures." This is reflected even in the game's title, which combines "AB" (meaning ocean) and "ZÛ" (to know), making ABZÛ the "ocean of wisdom".
In order to experience these aquatic wonders, players must master the "graceful" swimming controls that allow you even to "perform fluid acrobatics". As you explore, you'll "discover hundreds of unique species based on real creatures and form a powerful connection with the abundant sea life. Interact with schools of thousands of fish that procedurally respond to you, each other, and predators." Yes, predators. Though this is not an "action" game, there are indeed some "dangers lurk[ing] in the depths".
While Journey was only released on Sony's home consoles, ABZÛ has launched on both PS4 and PC platforms, and is available for download now. To learn more about this unique exploratory adventure, visit the official website for additional details.