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Abzu: Extended Gameplay

(Image by Tim Bowman/Quarter Disorder)

(Image by Tim Bowman/Quarter Disorder)

Watch a dive into the deep unknown of Abzu, swimming through an ocean filled with beautiful life.

Abzu is an underwater exploration game for PlayStation 4 and PC that released Tuesday for $19.99.

In Abzu you play as a mysterious diver that goes down into the ocean, discovering secrets of a forgotten world and interacting with all kinds of monuments, diverse fish and marine life. The game features a gorgeous art design that spreads vibrant colors across the ocean. While exploring the player can also meditate and observe their surroundings or grab onto one of the creatures for a free ride.

Abzu is the first game developed by Giant Squid, an independent studio co-founded by Matt Nava, the former art director for thatgamecompany on its biggest games like Flower (2009) and Journey (2012). Giant Squid started in 2013 and is based in Santa Monica, California with Nava as its creative director. 505 Games is Abzu’s publisher.

The music is created by Austin Wintory, an award-winning composer known for his work in games like Journey. Wintory was also the first person ever nominated for a Grammy award in video games for his music in that release.

Similar to Journey, Abzu is about the player’s experience and interpretation of their time with the game.

Abzu’s name comes from combining the ancient Sumerian words “ab,” which means ocean and “zu,” which closely translates to deep knowledge, making the title’s description as an ocean of wisdom.

Watch Tim play Abzu on PS4:

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