Paradox Interactive has unveiled a brand new addition to its ‘Surviving’ sequence of bad-situation administration sims, and this one is a bit more sinister than its predecessors. Surviving the Abyss (opens in new tab) places gamers accountable for a analysis lab on the backside of the ocean, the place they’re going to need to construct and keep services whereas managing the wants of its inhabitants.
That sounds innocuous sufficient, proper? But when there’s one factor that video games like BioShock, Soma, and Stirring Abyss have taught us, it is that nothing good ever occurs on the ocean ground, and that is positively the case right here too. Surviving the Abyss is about in 1976, on the peak of the Chilly Conflict, and the aim of the analysis base, you see, is to “good and weaponize human cloning.” And that is not the worst factor occurring: “The darkness hides surprising horrors,” and you are going to need to take care of that too.
The Steam web page for Surviving the Abyss actually makes the dichotomy clear:
- “Enhance life and progress in your facility by researching superior applied sciences”—That sounds good!
- “Hold your inhabitants sane, obedient and alive as you broaden your base and uncover the secrets and techniques of cloning and genetic analysis”—That sounds, properly, much less good.
Surviving Mars (opens in new tab), a Martian colony sim launched in 2018, was developed by Haemimont Video games (though it is now within the arms of Abstraction Video games, whereas Haemimont is off to different issues), whereas the 2019 post-apocalyptic city-builder Surviving the Aftermath (opens in new tab) got here from Iceflake Studios. This new addition to the sequence is being made by one more developer, Rocket Aptitude Studios. Rocket Aptitude can be engaged on an historical Egyptian city-builder referred to as Dynasty of the Sands (opens in new tab), however introduced in September that it “needed to take a short pause (opens in new tab) attributable to different commitments,” which it could say extra about later within the yr. The studio did not specify that Surviving the Abyss is the opposite dedication in query, however I believe it is a fairly good wager. The sport will probably be revealed beneath Paradox’s new Arc label.
Surviving the Abyss is accessible for wishlisting on Steam now, and is slated to launch into early entry on January 17, 2023.