Undertake a research expedition into the depths of the ocean in Beyond Blue, a game made with the assistance of leading ocean experts. It’s coming in 2019.

No yellow submarines here, but Beyond Blue does take you on an underwater adventure set in the near-future. You play as researcher Mirai, who leads a team that is using technology to explore the ocean like never before. The game will pack a narrative punch that will be combined with resource management gameplay. During your expedition, you will have to make tough calls on what objectives to pursue.

Much like Never Alone, expect the game to have an educational facet to it, as it is being developed in assistance with leading ocean experts. Indeed, as you play the game, you unlock ‘Ocean Insight’ videos, which have been produced in collaboration with BBC Studios. These videos will reveal underwater footage from the making of the BBC nature series Blue Planet II, as well as interviews with ocean researchers.

Beyond Blue screenshotDeveloper E-Line Media is best known for Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna), a platformer in which players controlled an Iñupiaq girl in a retelling of an old folk tale. The game was met with critical success, and even received a BAFTA award for Best Debut. Never Alone released in 2014 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One before also appearing on Mac, Wii U, PS3, Linux and iOS. Find out more about the game at its official website here.

Beyond Blue is expected to release sometime in early 2019, across PC, Mac, Linux, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the official website, and you can also check out the Steam page here.

Also check out Subnautica, in which you explore an alien ocean. Prefer to keep your feet on the ground? Check out Sable, in which you explore a desert.

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