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Insomniac Games is a well-known developer that has brought us wondrous creations such as Ratchet and Clank, Spyro the Dragon, and Resistance. And GameStop is, of course, the gaming store giant who is famous for two things: selling lots of used games, and giving surprisingly little when you try to sell your game collection to them. Now the two are teaming up with GameStop acting as Insomniac’s “non-traditional” publisher to bring us their newest project: Song of the Deep.
While playing Song of the Deep (set for release sometime this summer) Chief Creative Officer, Brian Hastings wants you to understand one simple message: “no matter who you are, you have the ability to overcome adversity when you don’t give up.”
This may stem from the fact the the story of the game is about taking control of a 12-year-old girl in order to search the depths of the seas for her lost father. In this situation it would be easy to give up hope when put in the shoes of a young protagonist on such a tough journey, but instead Hastings wants you to search deep inside of yourself to find the courage and the will to push on.
The new Metroidvania-style game will feature Merryn, as she uses her small self-made submarine that she was able to create out of spare parts. She will use the craft to search for her father who has not returned from his last fishing voyage. As you fill her shoes you will have to work to battle or out-maneuver the enemies in the path that you choose. While it is a sidescroller, Song of the Deep is non-linear, giving you the chance to explore all of the underwater majesty that Insomniac and GameStop are working to bring us.
It will be an interesting venture for GameStop to try and join the publishing game. Seeing as they have already expanded to casual gaming through Kongregate, mechandise retailing with the acquisition of ThinkGeek, and publishing the gaming magazine Game Informer, it is not too surprising for them to keep trying new things. But actually publishing games is a new one.
Time will tell whether or not this move is a successful one as Song of the Deep will come out on PC, Ps4, and Xbox One this summer. Pre-orders can already be placed on GameStop’s site for $14.99 even without a hard release date or rating from ESRB.
Until then, here is the reveal trailer for your viewing pleasure.