Insomniac Games are doing lovely things lately. They’re currently in the homestretch of brining Ratchet and Clank to PS4 while simultaneously developing one of the few adventure titles slated for the Oculus Rift. They’re breaking out of their shell if you will, with more experimentation than sequels. So a game like Song of the Deep is exactly what I’d expect from them now, and it looks rather spectacular.
Described as a 2D, side-scrolling Metroidvania adventure, Song of the Deep follows the quest of a young Irish girl search for her father in a monster-filled ocean floor. As fate would have it, these are the same creatures our heroine’s Father would tell her about in bedtime stories, making it a real “face your demons” type of adventure. A gorgeous looking one too.
Brian Hastings, chief creative officer at Insomniac, describes the game as a passion project for the studio, and one that allows them to bring to life Merryn – a character inspired by Hastings’ own daughter.
“Her journey in Song of the Deep is about courage and discovery in a haunting and lonely world,” says Hastings. “It’s a journey of love and heartbreak. It’s a story about who we are and what we care about. It’s also about what it means to be heroic and how we sometimes lose sight of the best qualities about ourselves.
There’re a lot of personal themes thrown into Song of the Deep that just complement what Insomniac says is proper, tough as nails Metroidvania action – which is all you can focus on if the story and its emotional objectives don’t really interest you.
“And if you don’t care about any of that stuff, that’s totally cool. You’ll get to pilot a submarine through a beautiful and deadly undersea world that’s full of challenging action and puzzles. There’s a deep progression of abilities and upgrades that you’ll need to master in order to survive. You’ll explore a vast Metroidvania environment, both with your submarine and free-diving.”
Song of the Deep is out later this year on Xbox One, PS4 and PC for $15. And it looks like a must-buy for me already.
Last Updated: January 29, 2016