An uncharted world awaits. World of Diving is the multiplayer online game that brings you an exhilarating underwater adventure with optional Oculus Rift support.
User reviews: Very Positive (179 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 26, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“World of Diving is first launched on Steam as an Early Access game, and we're sometimes asked for our reasons. It's simple: We are not making this game for just us (although it sometimes feels that way!) but for you, our community. By involving you in the development process from early on, we hope to bring you the game that you won't be able to put down. Also: bugs. ;)”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“At the moment, we're not quite sure as to how long we will keep World of Diving in Early Access. A lot depends on your feedback and the wishes of the community. World of Diving might be in Early Access for a brief six months, but it could just as well take us a bit longer.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Upon launch, the full game will have more features, more content, hopefully a boasting community full of happy players to meet in-game, and lots and lots of awesome user-generated content... and - bare with us ;) - less bugs than the Early Access version. Some concrete examples are the ability to invite your friends in multiplayer, salvaging, improved player progression, and animal companions.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current state of the Early Access version is pre-alpha. As mentioned above, we're still implementing some cool features for you guys and even better - you can help decide which features are introduced first through community polls.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, for sure. We're more than happy to reward you if you're willing to accept our bugs! You'll save some mney, as the full game at launch will be a little more expensive. Details to follow soon.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“You'll have a vote on our upcoming feature development through community polls and by participating in our lively, resourceful forums.”
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"A wonderful 3D world where you can interact with all sorts of underwater life, explore sunken ruins and photograph anything that catches your fancy..."
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November 1

Friday Devblog 09

For those who missed it - check out yesterdays dev blog Friday Dev Blog - 09

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October 30

Halloween was never so spooky (and wet)

Halloween is coming to World of Diving! And let's be honest, what's a better place to celebrate the most spooky holiday than the dark depths of the seas? Take a deep breath and read on, if you dare...

Halloween challenge
From today, Thursday October 30th 2014 through Thursday November 6th 2014, you can take part in the spookiness with two new Halloween-theme missions!

Locate all Jack 'o' lanterns in the diving base to unlock the scariest outfits you've seen in the game so far. Great to frighten other players in the murky depths once the Halloween dust settles down.

Complete the Halloween mission in the Bismarck level to unlock the exclusive Jack 'o' lantern Angler fish buddy!

Don't own the game yet? It's not too late to get in on the fun. Get it on Steam today.

Halloween Mask
Go all in with your spooky Halloween outfit! Visit the dive shop before the festivities come to an end on November 6th, 2014 to get your hands on the Halloween mask.

It won't make it's return anytime soon - at least not before next year's Halloween - so make sure you don't miss out on this one.

Check it out now.

Thanks for tuning in for this update and we're looking forward to hearing from you on the Steam and forums!

- The Vertigo Games Team

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“World of Diving with Oculus Rift is a real treasure”

“Such wonderful things surround you”

“This is the fun of virtual reality; the act of exploring a new environment was quietly joyful”

About This Game

An uncharted world awaits.

World of Diving is the Oculus Rift-enabled online diving game that brings you an exhilarating multiplayer diving adventure, all without getting wet. access the game via Early Access and start playing straight away!

World of Diving enables you… to freely explore the ocean and make progress through exciting challenges:
  • Interact with the amazing sea life.
  • Compete against your fellow divers.
  • Discover the sunken remains of history.
  • Collect and salvage ancient treasure.

As a diver… you can be a contributing member of an active community:
  • You design, create and share your own content.
  • You influence the development of new features.
  • Your positive activity is rewarded with unique content and special privileges.

Customize everything
  • Appearance;
  • Gear & tools;
  • Boats, submarines & other vehicles;
  • Real estate.

Your personal diving base
  • Customize your own tropical island.
  • Invite your friends in multiplayer.
  • Dock your vehicles & store your gear.
  • Unlock your next diving missions.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP or Higher
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: pixel shader 3.0 compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: pixel shader 3.0 compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.6 Snow leopard
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: pixel shader 3.0 compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.6 Snow leopard
    • Processor: i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
    • Graphics: pixel shader 3.0 compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10 or Higher
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: pixel shader 3.0 compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Processor: i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: pixel shader 3.0 compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Early Access Review
TL;DR: (On top because of convinience)
Do i recommend this? Really hard to say as this title is so very different. If you want some underwater action or competition or a challenge then this is as wrong as a game could be.
If you like a total relaxing chill from time to time without the slightest pressure at all, or simply like diving (although this is by no means a diving-simulator!), this one could be of your taste.

Can you even call "World of Diving" a "game"? There is no real goal, no enemies, no story, no threat, not even the fear of running out of oxygen and no deeper meaning at all.

You just go, well, diving and do, well, diver-stuff.
For that you have some tools at your disposal like the Metal-Detector (for finding gold), the camera for taking photos (you don't say!), the diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) for getting around faster.
On each map (there are around 9 at the time of writing) you can do some missions or even "challenges" (some with, some without a timelimit) for which you'll get some gold. These missions consist of stuff like "photograph these 3 fishes" and the likes.
Also there is a mission-editor which lets you create your own stuff, and on each map you could do missions others have created.

What is the purpose of all this you may ask? Consider this game a total relaxing chilling "game". You don't have to race time, there is nothing to win, you can't even fight anything and nothing will hurt you either.
And you can even do this online with others (there is no chat, you'll have to communicate with handsigns. Nice idea). But to keep you mildly motivated to relax even more, there is a progression. You will get XP for missions
which will "level" your character. The higher you'll get, the more stuff to equip your character will be unlocked. Among those are e.g. cute companions like a clownfish or even a shark.

But there is a dark side too. An itemshop. Yes. An itemshop for a totally non-competitive game :-)
Right now these items are all of cosmetic nature and you could get the bought items by collecting too (which of course will take much more time). Still it leaves a bitter taste for the critical customer.

One thing to really judge in this title are the graphics: Really fitting, nothing next-gen but still beautiful. Yet quite demanding. With my rig (see profile) i won't get higher than 30-60fps on Ultra with FullHD.
But OK, it's early access, and if you're fine with lower fps that is totally acceptable for a title like this.

BTW it supports Occulus Rift, but no 3D-Vision yet (DarkStarSword, the holy knight of 3D-Vision-fixing is working on a fix though).
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Early Access Review
Dive without getting wet behind the ears!
Amazing attention to detail. Lovely locations. Great visuals and over all great sounds.

Been waiting for this type of game on PC for many many years and it finally arrived. All of us who love scubadiving in real life will love this game as it takes us to the ocean once again but without the hazzle of carrying all the gear, wetness, bad weather, murky waters or zero visabillity. Ofcourse there will be murky and dark waters with little to see but in this case it's your CHOICE to go there.

Overall World of Diving has a great feeling to it and the experience is very nice. In this early stage of the development one can expect things to look a bit funny here and there but it's nothing you won't survive. I say give it a go, try it out, team up with the dev's and support their cause. We've seen these type of games on consoles, now it's here for PC and can be made so much better with all the power that comes with out rigs.

Come on in and get your feet wet! Wold of Diving
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Early Access Review
I highly recommend this game for people looking to relax with friends in an underwater setting without fear of death.

After playing about 2 and a bit hours with my girlfriend just exploring a few of the maps that are on offer, I can wholly recommend this game as something to do with friends in spare time.

The graphics, of which I couldn't max out sadly due to my toaster of a CPU, are actually pretty lovely, enough so that I can view my Diving partner's face with quite the amount of clarity. I have a few minor gripes with clipping in the case of the futuristic helmet and the continuity error of wearing the Futuristic mask but having only one overlay for them all.

Other than those small problems, I love this game already. It's rare I enjoy something so casual, but Vertigo have nailed it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Early Access Review
Great game! The worlds are massive and its awesome to exit all the chaos you got from the trolls in counter strike! The updates are a bit slow but i guess the game will come along some day! I love how the sharks are peaceful. The fish interaction is great although the metal detector is so-so.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Early Access Review
very fun! exploring wrecks is exciting as well as scouring the ocean floor for treasures such as pearls and dubloons. Def not a game to pass up if you are into diving
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Early Access Review
I am an S.S.I. Certified Open Water Sport Diver and have been playing WORLD OF DIVING for only a few hours. In my opinion it is as real as you can get and stay dry. Though it is still in BETA TESTING it has great potential. I'm hooked. Well done guys!

P.S. - Dive Shop prices are a bit much!
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Early Access Review
i was play game of ocean when out and camera fish
no shark?
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1 of 17 people (6%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Early Access Review
doesnt even ♥♥♥♥ing work
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5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Early Access Review
This game is the best i like what the sharks dont bite and that help me becuase i be afraid of depths but it has not chat :(
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2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Early Access Review
Beautiful, and makes me comfortable, esp. with some relaxing music.
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Early Access Review
This game is hard to review....Should you buy it?
This is a pure zen game where you sit back relax and watch the underwater world go buy as you explore 'real' shipwreaks and key locations around the world which is actually pretty cool I like his feature. You can explore these wreaks take photo's of stuff you find interesting and hell maybe you might find something special. Graphics and character and marine life models look amazing, but unfortunately this isn't obvious as the ocean it's self seems somewhat lifeless in my opinion...I was expecting 'Endless Ocean' style when I brought this and was mildly dissapointed, but it is early access we will see what happens.

This game is good for a cooldown after a busy day at work and hell maybe thats all they wanted and im expecting too much from it but for me in my own opinion it can't hold my attention due to lack of everything.. Really it could do with:
-More marine life and fish (The Ocean is too empty!)
-Larger areas (Dam invisible walls!)
-Animal interaction (More immersive experience)
-Learning (Maybe a MarineO'pedia so you can learn about the species you found)
-Oxygen (Add more of a immersive experience)
These are just some idea's I can think of...I will give the game one thing that is a huge strength it is nice to get away from the mind numbing FPS games once in a while :)
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137 of 160 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Early Access Review
*****Sharks will not attack you******
Update 10/30

The developers have added some much needed structure. There are now several types of challenges that renew each day as well as the addition of a metal detector that guides you to collectible coins which can be used to purchase various cosmetic additions like diving suites, watches, etc.

The daily challenges range from relaxing to frustrating. You’re told to take a picture of an object or group of fish and given some vague idea of where the thing is located. Some aren't timed which is nice, but the other side of that is the find a hidden object missions. In some cases I had to replay those missions over and over because I couldn't find a tea pot wedged in some obscure corner of the map (though you can kind of cheat if you know how).

The collectibles (which also include hidden pearls) and challenges give you a solid reason to explore every corner of each environment. There are even community missions and an editor to create your own.

So far this a great looking game that keeps getting better and better.

Original review below.
I pre-ordered this from their website so my play time has been almost entirely outside of steam. Would I reccommend this? Yes. It's a work of passion that deserves the following it needs to bring to all of its ideas to life. That being said I would like to offer a word of caution only so that people know that they're buying into now and don't potentially complain in the reviews.

In it's current state there isn't much to do beyond dive in the available areas and simply explore. Each area has a wreck that you can swim around (or inside) and each map is reasonable big, but that's about it. There is a daily mini game you can play where you have to find an object within a time limit, but the game basically tells you where it is so it will last 2 minutes max. You can clip directly through fish and plants, and you can't manually change your orientation. So no swimming upside down.

There are microtransactions, but they're purely cosmetic and don't at all lock off any meaningful content.

To sum it up: In its current state it's more a virtual museum than anything.

That aside the game looks great. It has full controller support and the multiplayer works really well. I personally find it both thrilling and tense to swim around the detailed enviroments and you can even tread on the surface. You can also take pictures of anything you like and save them to your hardrive.

This is a very cool game and a work of love, but very much Early Access. Given time I have no doubt it will be amazing!

P.S. Rift Supprt
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98 of 120 people (82%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Early Access Review
NO GUNS ,NO DEATH just a chilled out diving game.
if you like underwater stuff and friendly sharks then buy this game.
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51 of 58 people (88%) found this review helpful
161.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Early Access Review
Awesome game !!!

The tranquil atmosphere is a refreshing change in today’s gaming world. A great way to kick back, relax, have some fun and do some exploring.
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64 of 83 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Early Access Review
Excellent game very very chilled out. If you liked endless ocean youll love this.
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52 of 65 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Early Access Review
Out of all the first person diving/swimming games out there, this is the best one out there in pretty much every aspect. The first person view is great, the diving mechanics are great, seeing your buddy and exploring is fun, and fun selfi pictures with the fish. It's still in-development (early access) so there isn't much to do yet but as far as what i have played, it's worth the experience and the wait for more updates. The game is in a nice state to play with but without much content and stuff to do, so it's either you get it now and try it out with all the up coming update, or wait until it launches to get the full experience in one go.

More info here
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Early Access Review
Well, World of Diving is very relaxing.

You cant die or get injured, theres no pressure or stress in any Form (besides some easy Timelimits at the Challenges.) you cant hunt or kill fish, you cant run out of Oxygen.

You can swim and dive around, do Challenges, take Pictures with your Camera, collect Pearls and Doubloons which you need to unlock some extra Character Customization, or just enjoy watching at some well animated Sealife.

World of Diving is a Casual Game, not a Diving Simulator

+ Graphics and Lighteffects are nice, not State of the Art, but still pretty good looking on Ultra.
+ Animations are mostly realistic.
+ The Controls are easy to understand and use.
+ You can customize your Character
+ Mission Editor with some hilarious options.
+ No Violence, so the Game is also good for younger Children.

● The Game could need some more different Species, like Crabs, Lobsters, Sea urchinJellyfish,... or in general a higher population, cause some Areas of the Game feel like a "Death Zone", theres nothing to see besides Sand, Rocks, Plants, Corals and Anemones. - The Game is in Early Access, so theres Hope to see some things in the Future. -

● There is a Multiplayer Mode, but for now i havent seen many other People.

● You can communicate via Handsigns, thats realistic, but im sure some people will miss a real In-Game-Chat

So far i havent seen any Bugs (besides some video/texture glitches), the ability to "swim" on Land seems to be an Easteregg.

I got nothing really negative to say about this Game at the Moment, besides the mentioned Points that need to be worked on . (Add more Sealife, Text or Audiochat...)

Overall this is a Game for Sparetime, or when you want to play something calm.

If youre satisfied with the all of the above-mentioned things, and the Devs keep updating, then World of diving is a good buy for the full Price of 19,99.
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Early Access Review
Great game something real different compared to all the other games :)
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Early Access Review
This game is awesome!
I look down, and I can see the boobies my character has!

Apart from that, this game was absolutely worth the money.

I'll keep it simple -

+Vote on what you want devs to work on next
+Character customization
+Pretty graphics
+Can take cool photos with camera
+Can make camera float to take selfies!
+A nice selection of gestures
+Lots of different fish
+Can search shipwrecks for coins to buy things
+Can search clams and stuff for pearls to buy more things

-Currently not that much implemented into the game, though there is some good content coming soon
-Not many shipwrecks available so far
-No character face style customisation, just eyes/hair

I am not sure about whether this is a con, or a pro - Sharks don't attack

I'm not sure if this is to be implemented soon, but it may well be.
But while they don't attack, there are 2 things that are important -

+Makes the game nice and peaceful
-There's no threat to deal with

Other than that,

Lots of fun, has LOADS of potential, players actually have a choice to what is made next, could be a major amount of fun with friends, and selfies!

Buy the game from the website, it's not on steam just yet
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Early Access Review
World of Diving is a good game. It's really zen and relaxing. You just swim around and look around. So if something like that doesn't sound interesting, you probably wouldn't like it. There are a few maps to explore right now, but supposedly someday it will be open world. Overall, there isn't a TON of content, but it is in Early Access. For the price, as long as they deliver on their promises, it's definitely worth it and then some.

I experienced one crash while playing, but I think it had to do with the server, as the person I was playing with crashed at the same moment I did. But besides that, it's very responsive, no lagging of the other players. And I rather like that the other way you can communicate with the other players is through hand motions.

Works great with a controller. Movement is fluid and natural, I didn't need to look at the controls to figure out what to do almost immediately.
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