Freediver: Triton Down Is A VR Game About Surviving A Sinking Ship

by David Jagneaux • April 25th, 2019

Freediver: Triton Down is a mysterious VR adventure game just announced today from Archiact, the developers behind co-op bullet hell VR shooter, Evasion. In Freediver you take on the role of Ren Tanaka and must navigate a sinking ship to find your way to safety.

In contrast to Evasion, which was heavily focused on the cooperative experience, Freediver is a strictly single player experience that aims to offer thrills similar to disaster blockbuster films.

Check out the 360-degree trailer for a taste of what it’s like:

“Immersive games offer players new worlds to inhabit; our games change how players inhabit virtual worlds,” Kurt Busch, studio head at Archiact, said in a prepared statement. “FREEDIVER: Triton Down is a focused, intense experience that pulls you under from the first breath, and doesn’t let go until you put the headset down.”

Since this is a survival-focused game you’ll need to worry about things like rising seawater and your oxygen levels in order to stay alive. Rather than traditional artificial smooth locomotion to swim, you’ll use motion controllers to swim around with “gestural locomotion” as Archiact calls it. This means you’ll move around by using “intuitive dive and swim movements” in the game, which sounds similar to underwater swimming in Skyrim VR.

From what we’ve seen and heard, Freediver is shaping up to be a tense and stressful VR experience similar to the likes of ADR1FT, but this time underwater instead of in space. Freediver: Triton Down is slated for release very soon in May 2019 for $8.99 on Oculus Home and SteamVR.

Let us know what you think of the game so far down in the comments below!

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