Abyssals is an underwater city builder that only slightly terrifies me

Nothing is more terrifying than the ocean. Of course we have spiders, poison, heights, scorpions and my mom while I haven’t texted her in two weeks, but the ocean is deeper, darker and scarier than all of those things combined. There is about 80% of the ocean that we know nothing about!

Well, if there’s one thing video games love to do, it’s take my fears and turn them into works of art. An art that I play through narrowed eyes, too terrified to dedicate all my vision to my monitor. However, I think I’ll have to make an exception for the city builder Abyssals, one of the fantastic games featured at the PC Gaming Show. (opens in a new tab).

It looks as scary as it is intriguing. Apparently no one learned their lesson when Bioshock’s Rapture was a complete and utter disaster, as Abyssals is all about building new life under deep water on a new planet, following an unknown incident on Earth. However, there aren’t exactly a ton of resources to lay a decent foundation, which means this ocean paradise is pretty bare bones and so fragile.


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You will have to explore the ocean and all the dangers that come with it, in search of the resources you need to survive, grow and evolve. I’m a little scared to know exactly what those dangers are, especially if the trailer’s ending is any indication of what’s to come. But a part of me is desperate to find out what’s beyond the hundreds of red eyes staring at me through the darkness.

Abyssals is slated for release in early 2023. If exploring the dark depths and surviving in an underwater society ring your alley, you can now list the game on Steam.

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