The science fiction submarine game Barotrauma is now available on Steam Early Access. The game had its release date announced in early May and it seems that the developers have managed to stay on track! Now, it's available for you and your friends to grab together and explore the frightening watery moon of Europa!
In Barotrauma, players take on the role of a submarine crew. There's probably more than a few games that let you do exactly this. What's different here is that you're a submarine crew on another planet. That's right, Barotrauma takes you and your buddies into outer space and smack in the middle of the oceanic moon Europa. That's one of Jupiter's 79 (and counting!) moons.
Have a gander at the release trailer for the game to get a feel for what the gameplay is like:
Your crew will ideally consist of a crew with a diverse set of skills. You can play as a captain, engineer, mechanic, medic, or security officer. Each of these classes has their own abilities that are critical to keeping your submarine running. Exploration is made all the more challenging by deadly underwater creatures both big and small.
If you think you've got a flair for design, you can also create your own submarine from scratch to use in the game. That's not all you can create, either — the entirety of Barotrauma's source code is available for free on Github, making it about as easy as it could be for modders to tinker with the game. Servers, too, are run by players rather than the developers themselves and are ripe for modding potential.
Barotrauma seems like a fun little game that's sure to provide a challenge for you and your friends. You can pick it up on Steam at a price of $25.49 or your regional equivalent, a 15% launch discount off of its normal price of $29.99.
What do you think of Barotrauma? Does the idea of a co-operative submarine game set on another planet appeal to you? Let us know in the comments below!