Video game has players fighting for their lives on North Sea oil rig

Players will have to tackle perilous conditions of the North Sea and an otherworldly horror onboard.

A new first-person horror game set on oil rig off the Scottish coast has been unveiled ahead of its release early next year.

Still Wakes The Deep is set on a North Sea offshore platform in December 1975 and sees players fight to survive against what developers call “a terrifying unrelenting foe” as well as “a vicious storm, perilous surroundings, and the dark, freezing North Sea waters”.

Developed by The Chinese Room, a developer known for games such as Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and Dear Esther, the latest title was announced during the Xbox Games Showcase 2023.

In the skin of an offshore oil rig worker that is stationed on the Beira D oil rig off the Scottish coast, gamers will have to navigate a “collapsing rig to save your crew from an otherworldly horror on the edge of all logic and reality”.

“All lines of communication have been severed. All exits are gone. All that remains is to face the unknowable horror that’s come aboard,” teases the developer in its announcement.

“Run, climb, and swim through the flooding corridors and storm-lashed outer decks.

“Face a terrifying, unrelenting foe. And pray that, one day, you get to see your family again.”

Still Wakes the Deep will be available for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC (via Steam and Epic Games Store) when it launches in early 2024. It’ll also be a day-one Game Pass title.

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