Capcom has just launched its underwater exploration title Shinsekai: Into The Depths on the Nintendo Switch eShop with a price of $19.99.
Previously an Apple Arcade exclusive, it tasks the player with uncovering the secrets of an underwater world packed with puzzles, wildlife and mystery. The aquatic setting isn’t just for show, either; the fact that you’re immersed in water means that your character moves differently to how they would on dry land, and this – combined with the numerous abilities you unlock as you progress – makes for a compellingly different take on a tried-and-tested template.
Set in a future where the earth’s surface has been entombed in ice and mankind has been forced to live underwater, Shinsekai: Into The Depths places you in the role of a lone explorer who, one day, happens upon a drone which hints at a lost civilisation. You’ll need to conserve you oxygen and deal with increased water pressure as you delve deeper and deeper into your quest for knowledge.
A combination of eerie visuals and immersive audio make this quite a unique experience – as is evidenced by the fact that it gained a reasonable amount of critical acclaim when it launched on Apple’s subscription-based gaming service last year.
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Shinsekai: Into the Depths submerges players into the solitary struggle of the last-surviving human as they sink ever deeper into an unexplored, aquatic world. In order to escape a rapidly approaching ice age, players must collect resources, upgrade their gear, and craft new items necessary for advancing deeper into the abyss. Divers must keep a close eye on their oxygen and pressure levels as they explore this enchanting world and discover the secrets held within its mysterious ruins. The development team took an indie development approach to create Shinsekai: Into the Depths to provide players with a unique and immersive new gaming experience. To enhance the underwater atmosphere, the developers at Capcom Japan rerecorded music and sound effects being played through submerged speakers to create an extra level of underwater realism.
Shinsekai: Into the Depths introduces several new features with its release on Nintendo Switch, including the all-new “Another Dive” time-challenge mode with two difficulty levels, in addition to the new “Jukebox Mode.” In “Another Dive,” players must descend through a perilous maze as quickly as possible in order to confront a new monstrous threat. After completing “Another Dive”, those wishing to truly test their mettle can also brave its Hardcore mode, which adds more pressure by placing the player in an antique diving suit and offers even fewer resources. Audiophiles can take a break from the action to explore the new “Jukebox Mode,” which allows players to listen to their favorite background music at any time, and tinker with a variety of audio filters such as music depth.