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Still Wakes the Deep Doesn’t Need Slimy Things to Be Scary

Still Wakes the Deep

Still Wakes the Deep, set aboard a North Sea oil rig, looks scary enough, but the truth is that rigs are scary even without monster roaming the decks.

Still Wakes the Deep is the latest from developer The Chinese Room. This horror game sees you and the crew of a North Seal Oil rig being pursued by… something unpleasant. According to the Steam store description, you’ll face an “otherworldly horror on the edge of all logic and reality.” Having the game take place on an oil rig is a smart move certainly, since it all but eliminates the prospect of rescue.

And we’re glad that Still Wakes the Deep looks set to dial up the sense of isolation. Sure, the developer says that you will “search for your crew and help them survive if you can.” But we suspect you’ll be the last one standing.

The real horror, however, comes from the “collapsing rig”. Are otherworldly forces responsible? Probably. But the scariest thing about oil rigs is that, even without supernatural intervention, they have a finite operational lifespan.

As EngineerLive puts it, “Many offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea are 40 years old or more, and they have gone well beyond their expected life of 25 years.” That’s not to say they’re about to fall into the sea and their owners are taking measures to ensure they remain safe. But these impressive structures could, if unmaintained, crumble. That’s why we’d never select an oil rig as a zombie-proof fortress. The Chinese Room, creators of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, could ditch the slimy things and still make something absolutely terrifying.

We’ll still be jumping at every creak, imagining the whole thing tumbling into the watery abyss. And, given the game’s setting, that could be exactly what the developer has in mind. Still Wakes the Deep may be set in 1975 but we’re still going to be imagining 40+ years of wear and tear.

Still Wakes the Deep doesn’t have a solid release date as yet. But it’ll arrive some time in early 2024, landing on PC and next-gen consoles. In the meantime, you can check out the above trailer and wishlist it on Steam.

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Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.