Pilot a remotely operated submarine and explore the oceans! Chart unknown regions, sample hydrothermal vents and study new species – all while defying the darkness and crushing pressure of the deeps.
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Positive (41) - 92% of the 41 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Dec 2, 2022

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“subROV's development has reached a point where its defining features are established, it is stable, and has content enough for players to enjoy it. During Early Access we'll be growing and shaping it further with active engagement from the community.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect subROV to be in Early access for six months to a year, but may take longer depending on player feedback.”

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

During Early Access, we are adding the following features and content:
  • New dive sites
  • New creatures/variations of existing creatures (corals)
  • More wrecks/finds to explore
  • Improvements to creatures’ behaviors and interactions
  • New activities involving the ROV and external devices, e.g. sampling methane seeps, or finding and retrieving lost buoys in the water column
  • Interface improvements during the dives (ROV camera orientation indicators, ROV camera zoom, more information on scannable items)

We also would like to try several other features, such as
  • Retrieving and deploying objects from the ship using a crane
  • Completely detaching the ROV from the tether to explore freely in short range (caves, wrecks)
  • Adding a home base with a huge pool to test the ROV and take on challenges
  • ROV Damage model

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“subROV releases into Early access with a series of tutorials and 5 dive locations. You can complete the dives’ objectives and explore the sites to see what creatures and features you find.
Please keep in mind that work in the game is still in progress, and therefore subject to change. We’ve worked very hard to make sure the game is stable and free of bugs, but if you experience any issues please send us feedback so we can look into them. We think subROV is already enjoyable and we’re excited for you to play it!”

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

“The game's price will remain the same after Early Access.”

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

“We have been involved with the community for a long time now. Last year we organized a playtest in February and kept a demo active for months after June's Next Fest, which helped us get valuable feedback and organize communication channels. In addition to the Steam forums, people can reach out to us through our Discord Server, email (info 'at' sqr3lab.com), twitter, mastodon, facebook, and instagram.”
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About This Game

subROV: Underwater Discoveries is a submarine exploration game where you learn to operate an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), and embark on dives the world around. You will chart unknown regions, sample hydrothermal vents, find ship wrecks, and study aquatic species along the water column. Plunge your submarine avatar into the water and enjoy the discoveries that come your way!

You are in complete control of every aspect of the dive that you embark on, from navigating an oceanic research vessel, to deploying and operating a full-ocean-depth rated ROV equipped with an array of advanced tools.

Begin as a trainee and earn your certificate to become a full-fledged pilot and take on dives to explore and discover the many fascinating sights and mysteries of the deep ocean.

  • Choose from multiple dives with varied objectives, charting the seafloor and performing scientific observations.
  • Control an oceanographic vessel, a full-ocean-depth rated ROV, and an array of advanced tools including sonar, AI-assisted scanner, articulated arm, temperature sensors, landers, and sediment corers.
  • Rendezvous with ocean buoys and download scientific data and information on new points of interest.
  • Explore isolated trenches, survey unknown wreckages and study creatures barely known to science.
  • Visit the Gallery to keep track and learn more about your discoveries.
  • Gain experience as you complete objectives and climb your way up the ranks from trainee to Dive Master.

subROV: Underwater Discoveries is being developed in collaboration with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and the Schmidt Ocean Institute. It has also been partially funded by a National Science Foundation BIO-OCE grant.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 970 or above
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: This game is designed for 16:9 resolutions
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: i7
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 1060
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The game is designed for 16:9 resolutions

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