Surviving the Abyss has hit Steam in Early Access, and with it comes a release trailer to give players a better idea as to what they can expect from the facility hidden away in the depths of the ocean.
Survival games almost always give players an unsettling feeling in the pit of their stomachs. Knowing that you are completely alone, stranded, or not knowing what hides around the corner is eerie enough, but Paradox Interactive takes that to a new level with this hybrid between a base-building game and a survival game. Not only are you trying to survive and maintain a human cloning research facility, but you are doing so on the seafloor, where just a few meters away from your base is pitch-black darkness teeming with danger.
The game takes place during the Cold War, and players are tasked with not only keeping their scientists healthy but happy as well. One of the focal points of this game is light, as you are warned several times to stay away from the darkness or only stay close to the light sources. In the trailer, you will hear yet another reminder "Darkness means danger; Do not turn off the light", so my assumption would be nothing good comes from spoopy unlit areas and steer clear of them at all costs.
It appears that there are many things to do, such as collecting valuable resources like ores, researching the aquatic lifeforms that travel nearby, and expanding your facility to cover more ground. You will be able to assign tasks to your scientists, such as conducting research and discovering new technology to utilize from within the Technology Tree, and even simple tasks to keep them sane.
Surviving the Abyss is available now in its Early Access state via Steam.