Now that this is becoming an actual, playable game, I can’t help but wonder why it hasn’t been done sooner. You see, I have a belief that we all have a bit of Jaws that resides within us, waiting to be set free. And soon, we’ll be able to let that beast out, thanks to an indie developer that’s currently working on a competitive multiplayer game in which a team of humans battle a pack of great white sharks. It’s called Depth, and it sounds magical.
The concept is simple. You can either play as a diver equipped with a harpoon or a Great White Shark. The former relies on teamwork with your fellow players to survive, while the latter is more than capable of using its superior strength, speed, and dual rows of razor-sharp teeth to eviscerate any unsuspecting soul who’s not paying close enough attention to their surroundings.
One of the more intriguing things about this game is that your enemy can come from anywhere. It’s all underwater, so having total awareness of your environment and your blind spots, even above and below your character, is crucial.
Depth has my attention, and I’m sure it does yours. It’s had a bit of a troubled development — the game was put on hold back in 2012, only to resurface pretty recently — but now it sounds like the project is again moving forward with the possibility of its coming to Steam Early Access. Below you’ll find a trailer and some screenshots. They’re dated, but they should give you a decent idea of what they’re looking to accomplish with this nifty concept.
GDC 2012 – Gameplay Trailer ! – Indie DB
For more on Depth, you can follow it on IndieDB.