Diluvion is aiming for all the undersea peril and wonder of a literary classic

Outer space is what currently holds the global population’s active imagination. The big breakthroughs in science that wow us are made up there, and so our popular stories follow suit—whether it’s space disasters directed by Hollywood (Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian) or videogames that promise us the universe (No Man’s Sky, Stellaris, Elite: Dangerous). Popular culture’s current output sells the idea that we are infatuated with life and death beyond our home planet. But Leo Dassey, creative director at Arachnid Games, hasn’t turned his head to the skies; he’s looking the other way. His team’s upcoming game Diluvion is an undersea adventure…


Oceanheart is too precious to ignore

“Oceanheart is a chill exploration game about sailing away and making a home.” That’s how co-designer Karen Teixeira describes the fledgling new project on her website. Teixeira began development on the game in late April of this year. Since then, she’s slowly been revealing new details and video samples on the game’s Tumblr. The premise is straight-forward enough: an open-world adventure game where players sail around exploring different islands and discovering underwater secrets. But beyond the minimalist trappings of an Animal Crossing at sea—including fishing, cooking, crafting and some amount of boat-as-house interior decorating—the game’s real charm lies in the…


Find Solitude by the sea in Trawl

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Trawl (PC, Mac, Linux)  BY House of Wire Environments affect creativity. And while the internet might help us collaborate on a more global scale, some see the digital age as the antithesis of a creative atmosphere. With a constantly connected world only a click away at all times, it can be hard to find the moments of solitary introspection needed to create. Atmospheric game Trawl feels like a vacation from the sound of text messages and Facebook notifications. You are an explorer in the middle of…