An uncharted world awaits. World of Diving is the multiplayer online game that brings you an exhilarating underwater adventure with optional VR support.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (319 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. There is no official release date yet.”

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 money, 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.

To see our current production schedule in real time here.”
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September 4

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August 31

Update temporarily reverted

Because of the number of problems people are having with the last update, we are temporarily going back to 0.15.9 until we have a stable patch release ready.

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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”

Steam Greenlight

Development roadmap 2015

September 2015

Bug fixes

Fish configuration
- Fishes should be configured correctly. For example their animations should always be controlled by their acceleration.

Fish AI improvement
- Fish behave more like fish
- Different AI types
- Fishes eat

Collect objective type
An objective type in which the player must pick up certain object(s).
- Create objective type
- Test objective type, also multiplayer
- Add some missions with the objective

Go-to objective type
- An objective type in which the player must go to a certain position.
- Create objective type
- Test objective type, also multiplayer
- Add some missions with the objective (e.g., race missions)

Passive tool system
Passive tools are tools which do not have to be equipped to use. They enable certain functionality like the head light, opening oysters with a knife etc. Start the system with the basic scuba gear as the first passive tool. Passive tools are visible under 'Equipment' in the in-game menu. This also includes making the tool system compatible with the gear system so tools can be bought and unlocked by missions.

Equipment shop
Accessible through the main menu and the quest giver. Can be used to spend dubloons on diving equipment like diving permits for levels, active tools (photo camera, scuba scooter etc.), passive tools (knife, head light etc.), boosters (air supply, scuba scooter etc).

Art errors fixes
Yongala Wreck Glitch Photos
Diver Base/Coral Reef Glitch Photos

Remove all purchasing
- Remove currency from the account page
- Login with account no longer needed
- Save currency using Steam Cloud remote file storage
- Award pearls for special in game events and the story + daily missions
- Implement purchasing widget on

Remove all links to the game
- Store all user data using Steam Cloud remote file storage

October 2015

Bug fixes

Language selection
- Flag language selection should be implemented for the first time the game is started and the settings menu.

Chat visuals
- The chat screen should be visually consistent with the Oceanopedia

Community missions improvement
- Show more information (e.g., about the creator)
- You can start community missions from the main menu
- Notification while the mission is being published
- Clearer icons

Published missions will be editable
- Saving a published mission will create a copy of the mission which is synchronized to the published mission when the user clicks the publish button. The current functionality of unpublishing a mission when it is saved will be removed. Being able to rank missions without objectives

Disable publishing missions without objectives
- The option to create missions without objectives was made for people who wanted to create an area with objects for people to look at. Now that we have a go-to objective those people can just add that objective.

Game beginning flow
- Only the diving base level is available.
- Player doesn't have scuba gear on yet.
- Player doesn't have any tools yet.
- The gates are closed (always look at the host progression for opening gates).
- There is a quest giver at the diving base house.
- First missions are introductory and give you your starter scuba gear and tools.
- Each level includes the quest giver with the main quest line involving the wreck.
- Tutorial window flow improvement.
- Multiplayer sessions should give players the same 'essential tools' as the host.

Implement new Unity version for retargeting on Morpheus
Input managing
- Key binding + proper gamepad support
- Selecting input device Game is not differentiating between controller inputs

Art errors
- Lockheed Wreck Glitch Photos
- Bismarck Wreck Glitch Photos

November 2015

Bug fixes

Advanced camera
- Depth of field setting (non-VR)
- Field of view setting (zoom) (non-VR)
- Color filters (e.g., night vision)

Level select screen
The level select screen will show extra information.
- Name of the area
- Background story of the area
- Population (species)
- Cost of diving permit
- Size (small, moderate or vast)

Knife tool to open oyster
- 'Mounting' the oyster
- Playing animation

Levels should be unlocked by receiving diving permits

Metal detector objective type
- An objective type in which the player must find certain object(s) with his metal detector.
- Create objective type
- Test objective type, also multiplayer
- Add some missions with the objective

Add items to the equipment shop
Scuba scooters
Boosters (passive tools)
- Gear weight reductions for swim speed
- Propellors on arms which automatically start rotating when swimming
- Air capacity
Art: Create models and icons

TrackIR support

Art errors
U-352 Wreck Glitch Photos

December 2015

Bug fixes

Partial Unity GUI conversion

XBox port (Using Photon multiplayer)


Art errors
Hilma H Wreck Glitch Photos

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About This Game

An uncharted world awaits.

World of Diving is the VR-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;

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 7 - 64 bit or Higher
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: pixel shader 3.0 compatible
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 - 64 bit or Higher
    • Processor: i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: pixel shader 3.0 compatible
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 7 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: 7 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: 7 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: 7 GB available space
    • Processor: i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: pixel shader 3.0 compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
80 of 82 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Early Access Review
I generally don't write negative reviews unless something is truly amiss.


Vertigo Games has been abusing the Early Access Program to build a game on the backs of duped early adopters. What they promised years ago was to deliver a randomly generated, open world diving simulator with unparalleled realism, graphics, and gameplay. What they have delivered over the past couple of years is a completely unstable, unplayable fantasy game with built-in monetization and in-game purchases, with small and broken maps. Their screenshots DO NOT match the actual gameplay. When the game used to work, it was a multiplayer gameplay clone of Depth Hunter 2: Deep Drive, a decent if barren clone.

Starting in November 2014, World of Diving has become the culmination of false promises of progress, game-breaking bugs, eye-splitting visual glitches, dysfunctional online servers (used for authentication and multiplayer), a failed and forced migration to Unity 5, and a game with a backward-moving progress bar...all which make for a very angry user community. But alas, you can help! They request additional cash donations on their website in return for future updates.

To add insult to injury, updates are so broken, you are sometimes forced to redownload the previous (and still broken) version. Each update is roughly 2GB in size. Each is released with "new features" that no one asked for or wanted, and introduces new glitches while none of the on-going game-breaking bugs seem to get fixed. There is something called Quality Assurance and Testing, which shouldn't be confused with a Beta Community. It's all very frustrating.

One view of the forums or the recent reviews will tell you everything you need to know. Here's a forum post taken today (31/8/15) after the second 2GB update in three days was sent out:

"Oh God!!! I launched the [game] and the skybox textures are flickering like crazy, when I go to customize my character the colors don't work, basically the items are white :-S and when I click to save avatar, guess what, it doesn't save. My character still has the Xmas things on him cuz that's the last time I played this game and I can see why I should have stayed away. Well this is my first and last early access game. No More!!!"

So this kind of business practice doesn't work for very long, and word has gotten out. Now, this multiplayer game has literally nigh zero players, new or old ( ), the money stream has run dry, and Vertigo Games has already repurposed many of their developers to work on other projects.

In the summer of 2015, after years of retail availability as a playable and ever-improving Beta, Vertigo Games demoted World of Diving from Beta to Alpha on the Official World of Diving Website (with no communication about that on Steam). It has become that broken now.

After over a year on Steam, in an endless spiral of worse update after worse update, it's amazing that this kind of baitware can still be sold to new, unsuspecting consumers. How Vertigo Games goes about their business is atrocious and offencive, and they should all be very ashamed of taking advantage of their early adopters and taking thousands of dollars in "donations" for false deliverables, and finally, for providing such a HORRIBLE Early Access experience.


I ask that you please rate this up.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Early Access Review
Do not buy this game.

There has been hardly any progress, lots of promised things will probably never be in the finished product and it seems as if the devs have lost touch with both the community and the game.

Also, many people simply can't play it because the server is broken and doesn't allow you to log in.
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28 of 38 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Early Access Review
World of Diving is a realistic underwater adventure designed by the Vertigo Games studio. Welcome to the spacious underwater world where you will find a large number of beautiful landscapes, dangers and even the ability to find the treasure.

So, what is the game? The player will be immersed in the sea depths to perform various tasks, as well as go on a journey through the underwater world. The player will be able to monitor the behavior of fish, stumble on submarines destroyed during the Second World War and even meet sharks. In the World of Diving you can take a trip with friends. However, I believe that the multiplayer is not needed. Why is that so? The whole gameplay is photographing various objects and you can do it alone. For each foray into the underwater depths, you will receive a certain amount of money. You can use them to buy a new equipment for your sea journey.

Already, the project is very realistic. If you have some virtual reality, device you can use it here, game supports VR and that will give even more realism. Also note that for the owners of gamepads master control will be easy, but the owners of the keyboard will have to spend a little of their time to the study of all major actions. The most interesting thing is that there is in the game is to create missions and share them with the whole community of players. The editor is in the initial stage, it allows you to create simple tasks.

Graphics as I said it is the most realistic. Underwater drawn to the very detail. You are waiting for an unforgettable scenery, beautiful models of fish and underwater plants. All living beings have a realistic animation and motion. Developers are moving in the right direction. I hope, in the near future we will get a complete product.

Summarizing I can say that the World of Diving is a beautiful and relaxing diving simulator, but not without drawbacks. If you are looking for an unforgettable and beautiful scenery of the underwater world, you definitely need to pay attention to this product.

A variety of maps
Exciting gameplay
Mission editor
Realistic underwater world

No need for oxygen
Maps are quite small
Repetitive tasks

Total: 7/10

*I got the key from developer.

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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
67.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Early Access Review
Do not buy this game. After playing 67.2 hours and following the game for 1.6 years I can say it’s nothing but a glitchy almost unplayable mess, that is assuming you can actually get into the broken game server. Features are being dropped left and right with updates containing little to no content other than cosmetic fluff for the microtransation store. The game looks nothing like the trailers used to sell the game, from the world and all of its inhabitants being static, to the removal of game features that to this day are still advertised on the games main gallery. The devs have been promising from the beginning that things will get better but they never do and when asked about it they either ignore and continue as they were or make some hollow apology and promise it will change.

Your gameplay options are limited to exploring 8 small levels who aside from the river all look exactly the same except a central ship wreck which most remain unfinished. You can also take pictures and go on photo hunt which after the play though has already been mastered, the models appear in the same exact places…. And that’s it. The game was originally going to include a spear gun but was removed when a select few people on the forum whined that they didn’t like it, so the devs decided to silently remove it without a community vote and as mentioned previously is still used to this day to advertise the features of this game.

This game has nothing to show for its 2 years of development. the devs too preoccupied with working on their other games when not just cramming more of the exact same cookie cutter content into “new” levels, 8 whole levels of the exact same models and gameplay with nothing new in sight for the foreseeable future as the recently posted road map for the game is just 8 months of bug fixes and art with no radical changes or updates to gameplay or the lack there of, oh and that they will start porting the game to Xbox in December.

It’s just a matter of time till the devs incompetence finally kills the project altogether.

TLDR buy subnautica instead. And maybe come back in 3 years to see what progress the game has made. If it’s not dead by then.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Early Access Review
I'm going to get a Scuba Certifcate soon, and this is not what diving is like in real life.

Very pretty, and detailed.
You can explore, real life wrecks.
The "uninstall button" works.
Not really realistic.
I thought this was a open-world diving game on steam!
Boats? No, buying them lets you be on the boat not the diving base.
Gameplay updates needed.
The devs dont listen to suggestions.
Subnautica is better than this.


Buy "Subnautica" instead its much more fun.
(If you like open-world alien planet exploration underwater.)
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