Remember Never Alone? Well, the same development process is being undertaken once more as E-Line Media leave Alaska for something just as exciting – heading under the waves with Beyond Blue.
Announced today, Beyond Blue is E-Line Media’s latest project, and it promises to let us explore and uncover the secrets of Earth’s last uncharted frontier like never before.
Due to arrive on PC and console in 2019, Beyond Blue will invite players to venture far below the surface of our vast and largely uncharted ocean, in order to sense the soul of some of the world’s most magnificent and intelligent creatures.
Set in the near future, we will get the chance to probe the mysteries of our ocean through the eyes of Mirai, the lead on a newly formed research team that will use groundbreaking technologies to see, hear, and sense the ocean in a more meaningful way than has ever been attempted. This will allow Beyond Blue to come with both a rich story and resource management opportunities, challenging us gamers to make high-stakes decisions and prioritize which objectives can be successfully achieved during the crew’s expedition.
After the success of E-Line’s previous title – the awesome Never Alone – the exact same development process is being entertained again, as they pair up world class game makers with some of the field’s leading ocean experts to craft an experience that reflects the awesome wonder and unbounded mystery that infuses our planet’s beating blue heart.
“During our early conversations with these scientists we were moved by the passionate and almost spiritual way in which they talked about the world they had experienced on dives, or in submersibles, and the giddiness with which they spoke about the next generation of enabling technology that promises to greatly accelerate the pace of discovery.”, said Michael Angst, CEO of E-Line Media. “We started asking each scientist how they would use their time below if they could jump forward ten or fifteen years and lead a small team powered with a full fleet of advanced technology. We found their answers fascinating and the game has emerged as a way to channel these visions into what we hope will be an atmospheric and moving experience.”
The concept for Beyond Blue grew out of creative discussion between E-Line and BBC Studios during the latter’s making of Blue Planet II, the groundbreaking nature series that has wowed millions of viewers around the world.
“Inspired by the way the Cultural Insight videos inside Never Alone brought resonance and context to a game infused with Alaska Native culture, we reached out to E-Line to explore the potential for a creative collaboration on Blue Planet II.” said Bradley Crooks, Head of Digital Entertainment & Games at BBC Studios. “We think there’s great synergy in the way E-Line make their games and our own approach to programme making where we care passionately about the subject matter and want to help people better understand the world in which they live.”
Much like in the same way as Never Alone players were able to grab an insight into the Alaskan way of life, Beyond Blue will see players able to unlock Ocean Insight videos that expand upon a moment of the game with stunning underwater footage from the Blue Planet II production, including never seen before footage. Further to that, we will also get to meet the inspiring real-world ocean researchers who are laying the foundation for the exciting future depicted in the game.
E-Line is joined in its funding of the project by impact investors who share in a mission to help build lasting connections between people and the ocean, including OceanX, an initiative of Dalio Philantrophies, and David Haas (a leading philanthropist supporting media for impact).
We can’t wait to see what E-Line have got up their sleeves with Beyond Blue, so we’ll be sure to keep you posted in the months ahead. For now though, the teaser below really should be taken in.