Under The Waves

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Under The Waves is a narrative-driven adventure game about the engulfing power of grief.
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About Under The Waves

About this game

Under The Waves is a narrative-driven adventure game about the engulfing power of grief. Set in the depths of the North Sea in the techno-futuristic 1970s, professional diver Stan is struggling to overcome a life-changing loss and embrace a new future. The isolation of the deep sea is a fitting manifestation of his state of mind, and as Stan retreads further into his self-imposed solitude, he starts to experience strange events far beneath the waves. He will eventually have to make a difficult choice...

A love letter to the oceans, Under The Waves invites you to dive into a gorgeous underwater world, brought to life in a poetic blend of cinematic visuals and poignant storytelling. Live a gripping story through Stan’s eyes and guide him through an unforeseen series of events that will bring him deeper and deeper into the abyss, the reflection of his own psyche.

Wander the vast seabed piloting Stan’s submarine and encounter the beautiful wildlife, Stan’s only company while he’s trapped in his own mind. Explore caves, wrecks, and underwater plants with Stan’s special wetsuit, following the mysterious manifestations of his memories, to find a way back to the surface and save his life. Collect materials and craft equipment that will help Stan navigate further on this self-discovery expedition. You will have to dare get off the beaten track to experience mesmerizing moments and reveal more about the tragic past he is trying to escape...

KEY FEATURES

  • A surreal voyage under the waves — Live a poetic underwater adventure about a man trying to overcome his traumatic past and save his own life, both literally and figuratively. Will Stan ever reach the surface again?
  • Explore the depths of the sea – Pilot your submarine over the abyss and swim your way through caves, wrecks, and submerged plants in search of backstory pieces, salvageable waste, collectables, and more. Craft equipment to help Stan explore further.
  • Witness the beauty of the ocean – Dive through gorgeous underwater environments, from unfathomable depths to retro-futuristic facilities, immersed in a contemplative ambience brought to life by an atmospheric soundtrack.
  • A unique setting full of mysteries - Discover an alternate reality of the year 1979 where retro, science-fiction, and fantasy flow together in beautifully rendered graphics.

Game Details

Platform:
steam
Release Date:
August 28, 2023
Developer:
Parallel Studio
Publisher:
Quantic Dream
Rating:
ACB rating of 15
ESRB rating of 17
PEGI rating of 12
USK rating of 12
Supported Languages:
English +
Steam Deck Support:
Unsupported
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Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4th Gen/ AMD Ryzen 3 4100 4 cores 3.8 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB/ AMD R9 290 HD 4GB
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 10 GB available space

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 10 or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 7thGen / AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz
  • Memory: 16 MB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB/ AMD Radeon RX Vega56 8GB
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 10 GB available space

Critic Reviews

75

PC Games

90 / 100
"Under the Waves is one of the biggest positive surprises of the year. The developers of the indie game have crated one of the most beautiful gaming worlds in the last months....

But Why Tho?

90 / 100
"Under the Waves is a fantastic game that uses the vastness of the ocean to craft wonder and solitude, moving you from avid adventurer to sad man in a way that feels dynamic and...

Vandal

75 / 100
"It doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel or do anything groundbreaking, but it’s a very enjoyable adventure with a story that deserves to be played."
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Frequently Asked Questions

According to ESRB, Under The Waves is suitable for players aged 17 and above.
No, Under The Waves is not currently playable on Steam Deck.
Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4th Gen/ AMD Ryzen 3 4100 4 cores 3.8 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB/ AMD R9 290 HD 4GB
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 10 GB available space
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 10 or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 7thGen / AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz
  • Memory: 16 MB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB/ AMD Radeon RX Vega56 8GB
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 10 GB available space
67% of critics on Metacritic recommend Under The Waves. The Metascore is 75 out of 100.
Under The Waves was released on August 28, 2023
Under The Waves is published by Quantic Dream
Under The Waves was developed by Parallel Studio
Fanatical users tagged Under The Waves as Adventure, Story Rich, and Exploration
Fanatical users tagged Under The Waves as Underwater, Atmospheric, Sci-fi, and Submarine
Yes. Fanatical users tagged Under The Waves as having Singleplayer
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Under The Waves as Adventure
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Under The Waves as Story Rich
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Under The Waves as Exploration

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Under The Waves © 2022 Parallel Studio. Published by Quantic Dream. Under The Waves, Parallel Studio and the Parallel Studio logo are trademarks of Parallel Studio. Quantic Dream and Quantic Dream logos are trademarks of Quantic Dream S.A. All rights reserved.

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