A while ago Curiscope announced that they’re working on a new VR title for Vive which is being published by HTC’s Vive Studios. Curiscope will soon launch their underwater adventure title called Operation Apex which will take you to the depths of the ocean to make some friends. Yup, that’s right, even though most underwater adventure games out there, such as Subnautica, puts you up close with these creatures to scare the jeebies out of you, that’s not Curiscope’s plan though.
Operation Apex was inspired by a 360-degree video called Great White Sharks that the studio released on Youtube which brings you up close and personal with some great whites. It gained a lot of views and the success of that video inspired the developers to create something even more immersive and impactful. So they came up with Operation Apex, a game that lets you interact with deep-sea creatures with the goal of promoting awareness around these animals. So instead of having a fear-inducing action adventure (though it probably still will be if you’re like me), you can swim up close to these animals and get to know them in their natural habitat.
After an initial release date of 30 November, the game got delayed but is now expected to release for the Vive on Steam on December 11.
Check out the trailer below:
This game aims to correct the misconception that people have formed around these animals and it offers both room-scale and a seated experience so you can be comfortable while you explore the deep dark depths of the ocean. Using your motion controllers for both light and propulsion, you’ll be able to swim around and get up close to any creature you want. Though the developers have said that they will react to you so beware. Or not. I’m not really sure what to expect from this title to be honest. It could be a terrifying experience or the truly educational one that the developers are hoping for.
“We strongly believe we all have the power to inspire one another to care more about our planet. We are deeply concerned about marine life and its future. The ocean forms two thirds of the Earth and millions of tonnes of plastic ends up in it every year, killing marine life and threatening precious creatures. Operation Apex invites you to get fully submersed in the wonders of the ocean and connect with its inhabitants,” the studio said in a blog post.
So if you loved games like Subnautica or you’re just a marine biology buff then this is the game for you.