An uncharted world awaits. World of Diving is the multiplayer online game that brings you an exhilarating underwater adventure with optional VR support.
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Release Date: Aug 26, 2014

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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 30

Plan for Leaving Early Access

We hope you have enjoyed the improvements to the game in the updates over the summer. It’s been fun for the team to move the game closer to release and to receive the positive feedback from the community. We are planning to make another major leap forward. In fact, we are planning to leave early access in Q1 of 2017.

In our review of the outstanding tasks on Trello and additional features that we want to add to the game, we have decided the best approach would be to put our heads down and work on a single large update. This will allow us to build out new features and take more time to polish the game. 

This update will include these new features or key improvements (in addition to the other Trello tasks):
- Two new levels (Flying Dutchman & Community levels)
- Re-launch of the mission editor
- New capture & tag missions and storyline
- New map area missions and storyline
- New collection missions
- New location based missions
- New cosmetic peripherals
- Adding passive tools
- Adding flora & dive sites to the Oceanopedia
- Art improvements
- Improved daily mission spawns
- Re-launch of the equipment shop

This development approach does not mean we will not be publishing updates to the game until this major update. We will continue to publish bug fixes similar to the fix of the Sharks mission two weeks ago. The next update is scheduled for next week. These continued fixes are required to improve the game’s stability and improve your experience with the game in early access. It is also a critical step in finishing the game.
We are still likely to be addressing a number of bug fixes in the next major update, so we want to make sure that we have identified all the bugs we can. You have been a tremendous help to us in this regard. We only ask that you keep it up. We will be adding these reports to Trello as you submit them.
Again, thank you for being part of the World of Diving community and participating in the early access program. We could not make this game without you.

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August 16

WoD UPDATE v0.17.10

A new update is out for World of Diving. In this update, we've added some new fish, improved the 'big fish' animations, added an update notification to the tablet and did some more bug fixing. We've also added sounds when surfacing and submerging. These were long overdue and add some extra immersion.

Please note the profile settings have been moved to the settings menu. We've replaced the profile button in the main menu with a button which directs you to the EUCL3D 3D printing service to print out your avatar.

The complete list of changes:
- The following sea life was added to the game: Lionfish, Orca, Red Rockfish, Rockfish, Sperm whale, Great white shark, Tiger shark
- Big fish trailing animation is now smoother
- An icon is now displayed in the tablet when it is updated (ex. when a story mission is completed or an Oceanopedia entry is updated)
- A sound effect is now played when surfacing and submerging
- The little hercules buddy's propeller now rotates when swimming
- Moved the profile settings to the main menu settings menu
- Added a button to the main menu which directs you to the EUCL3D 3D printing service
- Fixed a bug where buddies were not removed when players disconnect
- Fixed a bug where dolphins would sometimes swim upside down
- Fixed a bug where the mask overlay effect was visible in the edges of the screen in VR

New menu layout:

Tablet updated icon:

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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 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;

Your personal diving base
  • Invite your friends in multiplayer.
  • 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
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 - 64 bit or Higher
    • Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD equivalent or greater
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Processor: i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: pixel shader 3.0 compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 30
Pretty slick how they act like they are "updating" the game and "fixing bugs" while working on a major update. The truth of the matter is that they probably are doing nothing whatsoever except typing false promises and hoping that they can sucker in another idiot like myself to throw down some money on this glitchy, poorly optimized pre alpha of a demo. How is this legal ?
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 8
Game had great promise when it first hit early access. Two years later, nothing. Progress has been achingly slow, it still runs like garbage and has basically no content. And now they announce they're leaving early access. Don't bother.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 20
I like this game so far. However I honestly cam't figure out how to find the christ of abyss statue. Clearer mission instructions would be great. 8/10
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 16
Bought this game with High hopes for some fun underwater experiences, and I can't get it to load past the main menu before it freezes and crashes. Hopefully their will be more updates in the future so i can play a game i purchased
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696 of 717 people (97%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
24.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 31, 2015
I generally don't write negative reviews unless something is truly amiss.


One view of the forums or the recent reviews will tell you everything you need to know.

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.

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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101 of 112 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 23
Ive had this game since it was released and put just over 16 hours into it which isnt much compared to others
but enough all the same.

WoD had potential and was very exciting in its early stages as the dev's seemed quite active and showed that they wanted to add more content to this game..

Fast forward 2 years thereabouts and sadly this game seems to have died, the devs barely update it and as many other reviews have stated when they do its with minimal content and with little to no fixing of previous bugs and problems.

This saddens me alot as i love the ocean and anything underwater based (Insert high reccomendation for Subnautica here)
As stated this game had potential to be something great.. something unique but we have all been let down.

I hate to post negative reviews but this game gets it.
Unless now in 2016, Vertigo Games decides to fire up and fix this game and add new content as they promised earlier then this game gets a big thumbs down from me.

Honestly dont bother with it, as good as it may look in the pictures and the videos

Save your money!

Buy Subnautica if you want an amazing underwater "alien world" game
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150 of 182 people (82%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 18, 2014
*****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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90 of 104 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 9, 2015
I bought this game last december, at the same time I bought Subnautica. I usually wait a year to review early access games. Thats the amount of time I think is fair unless I find the actions of a developer particularly frustrating and/or disgusting.

Back then Subnautica had so little content there wasn't even a save feature. This game had content, and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Bismarck, but there were a few areas that said "this area isnt available yet" because it was still in development.

I didn't touch this game for nearly a year and just recently reinstalled it. Low and behold, there's nothing new besides a map with visual fidelity far, FAR worse than the others, and those undeveloped areas are still off limits.

Meanwhile look at Subnautica. The amount of content added in just a year is staggering.

As far as I'm concerned this game is abandoned. I was able to ignore the always online, the microtransactions. The stupid XP system, and the lack of content because its early access. But it's been almost a year and there's basically nothing to show for it.

I LOVE diving. I love the ocean. I love sailing. I love everything water themed. But this game is a pile of ♥♥♥♥.

To sum it all up:

Almost no noteable changes.
Pathetic options menu (you cant even turn off the in game music to play your own)
You can see everything there is to see in about 2-3 hours.
You can customize your character, but expect to either need to play the game every day and grind for dozens of hours, or purchase microtransactions.
Graphics seemed to have downgraded since the last time I played.
Nothing to really do, levels are boring, tiny and incomplete, and missions are laughable.

The 30 or so minutes I played checking up on this game I spent wondering what could have been. The Bismarck alone could support a dozen hours of exploration, salvage and history. And it's really sad that this didnt get explored, and there seems to be no intention of it.

If you love the ocean and exploration as much as me then get Sunless Sea/Subnautica instead. Don't waste money on this.

UPDATE 3/5/2016
No devblogs or update in months
Seems they've finally stopped pretending. No new developer blogs of ♥♥♥♥♥♥ photoshop renders that will never be added.
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116 of 144 people (81%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 26, 2014
NO GUNS ,NO DEATH just a chilled out diving game.
if you like underwater stuff and friendly sharks then buy this game.
GREAT GAME.......Just come back to this after 10 months of not playing it and i have to say its looking very good. Please Devs keep up the good work.High hopes for this one.
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70 of 78 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
68.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 19, 2015
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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4.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 8
Played on HTC Vive. Great VR experience. I enjoy snorkeling when I get the rare chances to be on a tropical beach but this game recreates the expereience impressively.
On the downside, the fauna animations aren't that great (unlike The BLu) and there are still bugs to work out. Hopefully the game will be further improved!
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1.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 14
Not a good game if you have submechanophobia.

9.9/10 would get scared of shipwrecks again
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6.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 13
Played it before without VR. Now replay this game with htc vive enhanced the gameplay experience a lot.
It is a nice game as a VR tittle but not 2D
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13.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 5
This is great. I just started and I'm already addicted. Being a PADI Open Water Instructor, I get the feeling of actually visiting the world I know and love. There was very realistic expereinces. While still being a game, it does have some attributes to teach players that may become interested in the sport.
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4.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 3
game kinda sucks ...listen i have a gtx 1080 intel 5930 with 64 gigs ram and it still jitters and runs like crap sad potential was great ... but game was epic fail ... i want to get a refund
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10.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 1
Strictly for HTC Vive VR use. It's a pretty decent VR experience. Considering that Subnautica is currently only for Oculus and has issues working via Revive, WoD is currently the better underwater experience for HTC Vive. The game itself is a little tedious, but as means to experience underwater VR gaming, I'd say it's the best choice. Everything ran smoothly with my GTX 980 cards (I now have GTX 1080 cards) and didn't run into any issues. It's still being improved, so it'll be good to see how World of Diving improves.
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