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 (271 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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April 24

Friday Devblog 32



Read about all the latest World of Diving development: Friday Dev Blog - 32

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April 9

World of Diving - Community Livestream


We invite you to the World of Diving Community Livestream. This will be on the 17th of April at 7PM (GMT +1). During this Livestream, we will answer your questions about WoD and we will talk about the new Unity 5 version of the game and about future updates.

If you want your question to be answered you can submit it here.


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Reviews

“World of Diving with Oculus Rift is a real treasure”
http://www.destructoid.com/world-of-diving-with-oculus-rift-is-a-real-treasure-272270.phtml

“Such wonderful things surround you”
http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/03/20/gdc-underwater-selfies-and-sea-turtles-in-world-of-diving

“This is the fun of virtual reality; the act of exploring a new environment was quietly joyful”
http://www.polygon.com/2014/3/20/5529780/world-of-diving-is-an-open-relaxing-foray-into-virtual-reality-scuba

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
70 of 71 people (99%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Early Access Review
Introduction
World of Diving is an amazingly beautiful and relaxing diving simulator. I found myself just wandering/swimming around the different levels just looking at the beautiful ocean life and ship wreaks. World of Diving is a great break from the usual fast-paced shooters, but it is not without faults. The in game “dive shop”, where you buy customizations, is filled with micro-transactions. Although you can unlock everything without buying it with real world money, the prices in the dive shop are very inflated. Along with the inflated prices, the updates are very slow coming. World of Diving also supports VR and player created content. (I’m waiting for steam workshop to be implemented) Even with the faults of this game, the multiplayer is a huge reason to buy this. It is tons of fun exploring the ocean with a few other friends.

Pros

  • Beautiful graphics
  • Several varied maps/locations
  • Easy and fun multiplayer
  • Tons of customizations
  • Beautiful and interactive ocean life
  • Plenty to do
  • Very relaxing
  • VR support




Cons

  • Requires secondary sign-in
  • Micro-transactions
  • Very slow movement
  • Slow updates
  • Repetitive “objectives”


Conclusion

World of Diving is a beautiful and relaxing diving simulator, but it is not without faults. There is a few issues with buying customizations and as well as the fact of the updates are taking forever to come out. Even with the few issues (will most likely be fixed before release) the multiplayer is a huge asset for World of Diving. If you are looking for a relaxing game to play by yourself or with friends this is for you. Don’t expect anything fast paced and exciting.

Video Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k1PsG8jJDg
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Early Access Review
Pretty cool diving game/simulation.
Graphics are beatiful, I like the features they've added and I am looking forward to see more.
However, for some there may not be enough content in it yet.
Those challenges can get boring real quick.
Diving and all the customization is awesome though.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Early Access Review
Unfortunately, I can't recommend this game. The devs keep adding new things (locations etc.) which are all very pretty, but are not doing much to actually improve the gameplay (sounds, realistic diving mechanics etc.), which at least for me makes for a very boring experience (I was hoping the diving was slightly realistic).

It's very pretty on the Oculus though!
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51 of 53 people (96%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Early Access Review
World of Diving is a diving simulator game that is currently available through Steam Early Access. In World of Diving you take to the water at a number of different locations ranging from a diving school (and the surrounding waters) to a sunken WWII ship. World of Diving has both multiplayer and singleplayer but due to the lack of players I've only experienced the singleplayer.

This game does include microtransactions but everything in the game's store can be purchased with in-game money (if you can be bothered to collect the stupid amounts necessary).

+Great graphics
+Extremely relaxing to play
+A number of different dive tools to help you out
+Community challenges are well intergrated into each map
+A reasonable amount of maps at the moment
+There are some really cool cosmetic items in the shop if you like that kind of thing
+Wildlife is well designed and they seem to behave quite realistically
+Easy to use mission editor
+I haven't encountered a single bug or glitch

+/-Sea predators, such as sharks, pose no threat to you. It benefits how relaxing the game is but it does take away from the realism
+/-Apart from some pretty unimaginative challenges which have you take pictures of things there's not much to do which is fine if you just want to have a relaxing experience but makes the game get boring quite quickly

-Progress on this game is painfully slow, the devs do release weekly devblogs (which just show how little they get done each week) but it has been a very long time since the game actually got an update
-Itemshop prices (whether you're using real currency or in-game currency) are way too high
-Currently oxygen needs aren't in the game so you don't have to worry about your oxygen levels, takes away from the game's realism
-The game has a 'brony' level. Whether you are a fan of bronies or not this map really breaks the realism of the game as of course you wouldn't find such a thing in the real world
-The maps are very small and the wrecks within the maps also feel a bit too small

Verdict:
6

A nice diving game with great visuals that is let down by painfully slow updates and its lack of realism, I'd suggest buying this on sale and playing with friends.

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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Early Access Review
I love diving games even though i'm scared of the deep black depths xD

It's nice relaxing game for enjoying the underwater exploring or doing challenges such as taking pictures of certain things, so far i'm enjoying & loving it, would recommend.
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
46.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
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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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Early Access Review
This is a really nice game to play. Especially during the summer time to get away from the stresses. The sharks do not attack you. The sea life is breathtaking.

You can customise your diving characters and take picture. You do not need a quad core cpu to play this. I am playing this game on my laptop which uses a dual core cpu and 9600m gt Nvidia gpu, and this runs flawlessly if you turn down the settings.

10/10 for escapism .

A must have game for any steam fans out there.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
I realy like this game and I do recommend it for people that want to get away from all the shooting and killing for awhile.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Early Access Review
An incredible adventure. amazing immersion, graphics, overall detail and gameplay. A must-have on steam to me, very original game also.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Early Access Review
Lots of fun exploring the treasures and mysteries of the deep.... Very realistic for this stage of the build!


EDIT: game crashes quite often on OSX. Sometimes while loading levels.

EDIT 2: I turned down the display from max resolution to a lower level, and the rendering setting from "Ultra, Ultra" to "Medium, High" and the game runs MUCH smoother and more stable. So, if anyone is having issues with crashing, turn down the graphics a bit!
Still crashes once or twice an hour, but I'm confident that the folks at World of Diving are on it... they release updates pretty regularly.

My computer was absolutely bleeding-edge 4 years ago, but I guess these things... *sniff*.. happen...

THE GREAT NEWS: The game still looks bloody spectacular even at "Medium, High" !!!
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Early Access Review
Its a fantastic concept for a game, and Its very nice to look around and see all sorts of things I myself might never go and actually see.
The game does have a few bugs, like the frame rate can be low and I sometimes have trouble just trying to move around, but overall Its a lot of fun. My favorite thing is the Multiplayer, even though the friends feature is locked, me and my friend can still get into the same server and look at all the pretty sights of the ocean together. I recomend this to anyone who likes the ocean and wants a game thats not all about winning.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Early Access Review
This game is so beautiful that even though I get motion sickness, I still want to play it. The challenges that are timed can seem a little out of place even though I understand why they're there, but there's still a ton to explore and you can see that a lot of effort and love went into making this game. There's something really soothing about the entire experience.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Early Access Review
The game is stunning! It makes me wish I had an Oculus Rift. The scenery is beautiful and the controls are smooth and easy to use. As far as I know, there are micro-transactions, but its not what some of the negative voters think. This is only if you can't wait to purchase comsmetic items or xp. Otherwise, you can find the pearls and dublooms while diving and searching shipwrecks and other things. I can't wait to see more of this game as it progresses, especially the aspects of customizing my own tropical island and having real estate.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Early Access Review
This game is better than i thought it was going to be...... finally a suba diving game that lets me do what i want underwater thank you for making this.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Early Access Review
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
This is a reluctant recommendation of the game in its current state of developement.
I'm reluctant to recommend because I'm finding it difficult to get excited to play the game and I'm finding its limitations of movement to be frustrating.

You can't alter your axis and swim sideways which can be very odd underwater especially when swimming along the length of a sunken ship. I'd like to be able to turn to face the ships orientation and drag myself along certain objects and the lack of this makes that freedom of being underwater further away from how you actually feel in the game.

The most frustrating part for me is that I see this as an MMO, not the usual MMO though, it's a Massively Missed Oportunity. If you've ever watched the TV show 'Tanked' you'll likely know what I'm getting at here. The living eco system in our seas is sorely missing from this game. The graphics are more in line with those aquariums in the show where the customer doesn't have enough time or knowledge to be able to look after a 'real life' aquarium with living rock and coral being substituted with acrylic, silicone, rubber, painted pieces that are too bright and unnatural.

This may be ok for some but for me I'd like to see something closer to a real life reef than the artificial reefs that are used in that show. This day and age I think the devs could aim higher with transparency brought into the fray and annemonies and corals showing some real colours and movement, not these bright pink and blue stuck on cheapo immitations.

Under water there's a lack of distance viewing which should have been an opportunity to really cram the details into the surrounding area of your swimming zone. I can't help but feel that the Unity 5 engine may be partially to blame for the lack of this. But I live in hope that the life that is sorely missing for me will be gradually introduced over time with this being still an early access release.

From a lifelong marine tank enthusiasts perspective I can't help feeling really disappointed with the lack of realism but at the same time I do enjoy the game, so I have to give it the recommendation for that reason alone. I hope that over time the realism will be introduced to bring us a game that really uses current pc capabilities.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Early Access Review
I got this game not knowing what to expect. I had my doughts about it, but after playing it, it quickly became clear that it had potential. As a diver in real life, I was really quite impressed with the detail put into the equipment and environments. Of course, the game is still very muh in early access, so don't buy it if you don't want to play something unpolished. The way that early access games have been going lately, we can't be sure how this will turn out, but I have faith in the developers and am exited to see where they take this game.
P.S. There aren't many people playing this game currently, so if you want, feel free to add me on steam so we can play some.
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