Here’s the First 15 Minutes of Abzu, Out Today on PS4 & PC

August 2, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

Released today for PlayStation 4 and PC, underwater adventure Abzu has received some new gameplay videos, including the one above showing off the first 15 minutes of the game.

PlayStation Underground also posted a video, showing off 26 minutes of gameplay with Graphics Engineer Derek Cornish:

And here’s a trailer all about the musical score:

Giant Squid Creative Director Matt Nava, who was the Art Director of Journey and Flower, explained exactly what you can expect from Abzu:

Abzu is an underwater adventure that evokes the dream of scuba diving. Graceful swimming controls let you guide the Diver’s movement like a fluid ballet under the waves. You will discover hundreds of unique species based on real creatures, and interact with schools of thousands of fish that procedurally respond to you, each other, and predators. There is no air gauge to worry about so you are free to linger. Casting aside the trappings of scuba simulation is how Abzu brings focus to the real heart of diving — experiencing the majesty of the ocean and the magic of discovering a surreal new world.

As you descend into the heart of the ocean on a grand and mysterious adventure, you will find yourself immersed in colorful seascapes bursting with life. You will discover sunken artifacts that give you clues to the Diver’s origin and what happened in this world. One of the most inspiring things about the ocean is the diversity of ecosystems and biomes it holds, and we put as many as we could into Abzu. You will explore swaying kelp forests, bright reefs, and deeper, darker more dangerous areas in the abyss. There are so many things we don’t understand about the ocean, and I think that we all have a place in our imaginations for what wondrous things may be down there. That surrealism was something that we also tried to capture — the game will take you to some very surprising places along your descent.

Abzu is priced at $19.99/£15.99. In North America, it’s included as part of the PLAY 2016 promotion.

[Source: PS Blog (1), (2)]