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E3 2014: ABZU Wants to Take You On an Underwater Journey

ABZÛ's breathtaking trailer gave us a glimpse of what's to come from the mind of Matt Nava, former art director of Flower and Journey, and his recently formed studio, Giant Squid. Journey composer Austin Wintory will also be providing his talents to the game.

Not much can be gleaned from the trailer gameplay wise but the video description does tell us a bit more on what ABZÛ is meant to be about.

"ABZÛ will take players on an epic adventure into the depths of the ocean, where they will encounter majestic creatures and discover long lost secrets. The game draws inspiration from a deep, innate story that we all carry in our collective subconscious, a universal origin myth that resonates across cultures. As such, the name ABZÛ references a concept from the oldest Mesopotamian mythology: it is the combination of two ancient words Ab, meaning ocean, and Zû, meaning to know. Essentially, ABZÛ is the ocean of wisdom."

Interesting. A quick search shows that Abzû can also mean fresh water from deep underground. Perhaps ABZÛ will be about a journey towards finding that precious water or even finding a mythical place of origin? Abzû was also a deity in Mesopotamian culture. A spiritual journey to find god? One interesting thing to note from the trailer is that the main character never blew out air bubbles. Native ocean dweller instead of human?

Unfortunately the answers will have to wait until 2016, ABZÛ's expected launch date.


  • fungi 5 years, 8 months ago

    Super excited for this game. Shame we have to wait 'til 2016 to nab it.

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  • Unigma 5 years, 8 months ago

    2016? Feels way too early to announce it then. I dislike when they do that.

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  • overlordbaal 5 years, 8 months ago

    This is definitely the year of underwater swimming.

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  • Wombo_Breaker 5 years, 8 months ago

    I really dig the concept, the game looks outright gorgeous

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  • GamerBeck 5 years, 8 months ago

    Deep underwater kind of freaks me out...even in games. This looks pretty beautiful though, so maybe I can get through it. Really need to see more though.

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  • Big Wazu 5 years, 8 months ago

    This looks really beautiful. I love the art style and can't wait to get this but damn is it going to be a long wait.

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