Rotterdam, The Netherlands – March 26, 2014: Dutch independent studio Vertigo Games today launched the first playable build, named “Stage 0”, of the online multiplayer experience World of Diving on www.divegame.net.
Stage 0, which is playable with both the Oculus Rift and a traditional monitor, lets players dive in with up to 4 friends, to give their customized character a spin in their own personal diving base, and to get a first taste of what the upcoming underwater experience will entail.
“Launching an early, scalable build in this fashion allows a small studio such as ours to stagger the release in manageable chunks, while at the same time giving our ever-growing community the chance to get involved in a transparent and open development process from very early on,” says Richard Stitselaar, Creative Director at Vertigo Games.
Vertigo Games emphasizes that Stage 0 is not meant to be representative of what World of Diving will offer players in its final stages – neither in scope nor feature completeness. “Stage 0 serves to give players an impression of they can expect from World of Diving in the future – and a way for us to start an open, informed dialogue with our enthusiastic, resourceful community,” Stitselaar adds.
Stage 0 is now available for PC to anyone who has pre-purchased World of Diving via its official website: http://www.divegame.net. Mac and Linux support is expected within the next weeks.
View the latest World of Diving trailer here: http://youtu.be/kHbzexZ7z5I
For more information about World of Diving and for all the latest news, visit the official website and community platform on http://www.divegame.net.
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World of Diving in the media
IGN.com - "Such wonderful things surround you."
Destructoid - "World of Diving with Oculus Rift is a real treasure"
The New York Times - "captivating"
Polygon - "This is the fun of virtual reality; the act of exploring a new environment was quietly joyful"
Joystiq - "World of Diving appears to be a relaxing diversion"
About World of Diving
World of Diving is the online multiplayer game that will bring out your inner explorer by bringing the murky, mysterious depths of our oceans and their hidden treasures within your grasp. Or step into the shoes of the designer, and build and share your own diving locations and missions with your fellow divers.
If it’s underwater, it’s part of World of Diving - armed with hi-tech deep-sea diving gear and submarine vehicles, a photo camera, and your exploration kit, it's up to you and your friends to reveal, salvage and catalog the ocean's mysteries.
Design, create and share your own underwater missions and content
Explore the mysteries of the ocean with up to 16 friends, or go solo
Compete with friend and foe in exciting arcade challenges
Discover and salvage the sunken remains of history, including rusty shipwrecks and WW2 submarines
Interact with the amazing sea life and complete your Ocean-o-pedia with over a hundred species
Collect a variety of special ‘diving buddies’, each adding its unique benefit to your diving skill
Customize your character, upgrade your diving gear and ships, and more
Take part in the community and help direct feature development
Play using the Oculus Rift for the full immersive experience, or use a traditional monitor
For more information on World of Diving, visit www.divegame.net or find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/WorldofDiving and Twitter www.twitter.com/Vertigo_Games.
About Vertigo Games
Vertigo Games is a Dutch game developer, located in the city of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Our team has worked on a mix of entertainment and serious games, providing a unique, combined experience that is a snug fit for creating a fun and realistic game like World of Diving. These days, our team is creating some of the most advanced and realistic educational and serious games in the world, but our dream to create entertainment games has never been stronger.
For more information on Vertigo Games, visit www.vertigo-games.com or find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/VertigoGames and Twitter www.twitter.com/Vertigo_Games.