The latest from Quantic Dream’s Spotlight studio is a narrative-driven adventure that goes deeper than just underwater. The new trailer for Under the Waves introduces players to professional diver Stan, who has retreated into self-imposed isolation after experiencing a loss that has sent him into a tailspin. As players guide him through his journey in the North Sea of a techno-futuristic 1970s, they’ll encounter strange events while exploring underwater caves, ruins, and wrecks.
The first moment players are immersed in Under the Waves, they’re greeted by a sweeping cinematic ticking time bomb. The psychedelic rock track that plays in the background creates an intense mood as a storm looms over the ocean and a young couple drives down Florida’s US 1. As their car approaches an intersection, the film’s soundtrack crescendos to a thunderous climax.
From there, the story shifts to Tyler, a high school student and the daughter of a former NBA player. She’s under pressure to perform in her father’s footsteps, and the film isn’t shy about addressing issues like teen pregnancy and drug use. The director, Trey Edwards Shults, pulls no punches in portraying the pressures of family life and the need to succeed.
After the death of her sister, Emily is left to raise their father’s daughter and cope with his disappearance. Her struggle is portrayed with empathy and compassion by actress Taylor Russell, who is no stranger to difficult and challenging roles. Her performance is the glue that holds the whole movie together.
Developed by Parallel Studio and published by Quantic Dream through its Spotlight division, which focuses on new developer IP, Under the Waves is set to release next wee on PlayStation 5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One. The game will also be available to play on PC.
While the trailer focuses heavily on the story of Under the Waves, it doesn’t neglect to show off the gameplay. The trailer shows players interacting with their environment by using the DualShock 4 controller’s touchpad to explore, as well as deploying an oxygen tank and navigating underwater wrecks and ruins. Players can even drive a deep-sea vehicle, though it consumes oxygen at a fast rate.
It should be noted that the art style for characters in Under the Waves is different compared to that of previous Quantic Dream games, which have tended to use more realistic models. This is a clear sign that the team behind Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human wanted to bring an artistic feel to this new IP.
The emotional rollercoaster that is Under the Waves is one to be experienced, and with a release date of August 29 on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time before fans can dive in. For more information on the title, check out the official website.