For divers who don’t get enough bottom time in real life, a new diving simulation game — Infinite Scuba — will take the edge off. It’s the inaugural offering from startup studio Cascade Game Foundry, which reunites ex-Microsoft employees, many of whom worked on Microsoft’s Flight and Train simulators.
“Nearly half of the people on our team are also divers,” says Kathie Flood, co-founder of CGF, and an avid diver herself. “We wanted to create an experience that’s both familiar and fun for experienced divers, and also shows nondivers what it’s like to explore underwater.”
The game partners with PADI, DEMA and Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue, which Flood says helped to ensure gameplay is as realistic as possible — from the way fish school to underwater physics. Infinite Scuba will launch with a reproduction of the Gosei Maru wreck in Chuuk’s Truk Lagoon, complete with location-accurate marine life and minor wreck penetration (within recreational diving limits). “One of our team members worked as a marine biologist in Truk,” Flood says. “We painstakingly -re-created the environment.”
For the most part, the activities under the digital ocean will mirror those in the real world, such as fish identification, underwater photography and certification courses modeled on PADI’s real-world specialties.
“Deep-diving certification requires people to deal with narcosis when they descend past a certain depth in order to earn the certification,” Flood says.
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